More Russian athletes banned for doping


Athens Olympic hammer throw champ Olga Kuzenkova of Russia has had two years of her career annulled and is set to lose her 2005 world title after samples from the event, held in Helsinki, tested positive for a yet-to-be-named substance when they were recently reexamined.

She’ll lose everything between August 12, 2005 to August 11, 2007, but this shouldn’t affect Kuzenkova going forward, since she retired after failing to make the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Still, it brings into question her 2004 Athens gold medal in the hammer just as samples from those Games are being retested before the eight year statute of limitations on changing results runs out.

Speaking of which, Kuzenkova’s compatriot Svetlana Krivelyova has had her shot put bronze from the 2004 Games taken away after her samples tested positive for anabolic steroids during reexamination.

Strangely, Krivelyova was only promoted to bronze after Russian teammate Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her gold in the shot put for similar reasons. No word yet on whether Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus will now be promoted to that 2004 bronze medal, mostly because she was just stripped of her gold from London in the same event. There are no words…

Mikaela Shiffrin wins back-to-back slalom races at Aspen World Cup

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“I think there’s something special about Aspen,” Mikaela Shiffrin told NBC after winning two slalom races in as many days.

After Saturday’s history-making win, when Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in the U.S. and was the first American woman to win a slalom race at the Aspen World Cup stop, the twenty-year-old won again by a large margin. After winning by 3:07 seconds on Saturday, Shiffrin told reporters, “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

But on Sunday her lead over the second place finisher, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, wasn’t much shorter: 2:65 seconds. And this was with an early mistake that left her off balance for a moment in her final run.

In third place was Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic.

This weekend also saw a podium finish for American Travis Ganong. Racing the downhill event at Lake Louise yesterday, Ganong finished third behind Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who is recovering from an Achilles injury that prevented him from competing the majority of the last season, and Peter Fill of Norway. Ganong cAksel Lund Svindal of Norwayouldn’t quite repeat his success in the Super G event on Sunday, finishing fourth.

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Hamburg withdraws 2024 Olympic bid after referendum

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Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.

If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.

Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”

A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.

The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.

The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.