More Russian athletes banned for doping

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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…

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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