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Tyson Gay tested positive for banned steroid, BBC reports

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New details about one of Tyson Gay‘s positive drug tests were reported Friday.

The BBC reported it obtained “extracts of a letter sent to Gay” by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency indicating the U.S. record holder in the 100 meters failed at least one drug test because of the presence of a steroid.

Gay admitted to failing an out-of-competition drug test May 16 in a teary phone interview with The Associated Press in July, the only comments Gay has made in the last two months. The AP learned later in July that Gay also failed a test at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June. Neither Gay nor USADA have said what substance or substances Gay tested positive for.

Extracts of the letter the BBC obtained pertain to the June test.

The letter, dated 23 July, states: “Using the Carbon Isotope Ratio Analysis it reported that the sample had an adverse analytical finding reflecting values that are consistent with the administration of a steroid of exogenous [external] nature.”

The letter goes on to say that a positive test for an “anabolic agent” of this kind would – if proven – be a violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code.

Gay pulled out of the World Championships in July. He is under provisional suspension and will face a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks, according to the BBC. He could face a maximum two-year suspension. USADA refused comment on whether Gay tested positive for a banned steroid, according to the BBC.

Gay told the AP in July, “I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down,” and declined to name who that person was.

Sports Illustrated reported in July that Gay, 30, had been treated by an anti-aging specialist before the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials, where he made the Olympic team in the 100 meters.

Gay finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics in the 100 and was part of the U.S.’ silver medal-winning team in the 4×100 relay. He was the world’s top sprinter in 2007, sweeping the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the World Championships that year.

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Mikaela Shiffrin wrestles with doubt in seconds before World Cup downhill debut

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, skis during the third training run for the World Cup women's downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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After a momentary panic in the start house, Mikaela Shiffrin raced to a tie for 18th in the first downhill of her World Cup career in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion who has also won a World Cup giant slalom, has been slowly adding the speed events of super-G and downhill to her repertoire the last two seasons.

“It wasn’t bad,” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com. “I certainly didn’t risk anything crazy.”

Her result Friday, 1.99 seconds behind Slovenian winner Ilka Stuhec, came after Shiffrin was 18th, 24th and 30th fastest in downhill training runs the previous three days. Shiffrin also had to wait several minutes in the start house as the racer before her crashed (video here).

“That was just a bummer,” Shiffrin said, according to the Denver Post. “I was like, ‘Just don’t let it affect you,’ but being up there for 10 minutes, like, ‘What happened? What’s taking them so long? What’s going on? Is she hurt?’

“Then I started doubting myself, like my technique going off the jumps, which is actually pretty good. I was going back and forth between, ‘Should I even be doing this? Maybe I just should pull out because I don’t want to kill myself.’ Then I’m like, ‘You’re absolutely fine, you haven’t felt sketched out a single time on this track in the past three days, so stick with that. You don’t have to go crazy.'”

“To be fast in speed there certainly needs to be a certain level of risk, and I know that, but now, if [giant slalom] and slalom are my main priority this season, I don’t need to be going crazy in a downhill with flat light and after I got iced [waiting so long],” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com.

Stuhec won Friday’s race by .22 of a second over Italian Sofia Goggia. Swede Kajsa Kling was third.

A race replay can be seen here. Full results are here.

Lindsey Vonn, owner of a record 18 wins at Lake Louise, is missing the annual World Cup stop in Alberta due to a broken arm from a November crash. Vonn had raced at Lake Louise each of the previous 15 seasons.

Last season, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut in the super-G at Lake Louise and finished 15th.

The women have another downhill Saturday and a super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise, both streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (schedule here).

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High-speed crash at World Cup downhill in Lake Louise (video)

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Swiss Joana Haehlen crashed into netting at high speed during a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Haehlen, 24, lost her right ski after landing from a jump and sped uncontrollably off course. She braced for impact, slammed into red netting and was turned around before landing with neither of her skis still attached.

She lay on the snow while being attended to and eventually skied down the mountain on her own.

It caused a 10-minute delay before the next skier, American Mikaela Shiffrin, could take her run.

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