New drug test finds 260 positive steroid cases

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A new test for steroids has revealed at least 260 new positive cases in the last year, according to a German doping lab official.

“It was surprising for us, we didn’t expect that many,” Hans Geyer told reporters at a FIFA anti-doping conference in Zurich, according to The Associated press. “Most of them were from the first half of this year.”

The German lab found 184 cases involving stanozolol and 82 using oral turinabol, and many of them were in track and field, weightlifting and wrestling, according to the AP. It is finding other positives in retesting old samples, too.

Canadian Ben Johnson used stanozolol and was stripped of the 1988 Olympic 100m title after testing positive for the banned substance. East German athletes had been known to use oral turinabol.

“We don’t know exactly where the samples come from,” Geyer said, according to Agence France-Presse. “We know the sports, but we do not know the countries. But WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) knows everything.”

The new drug test will be used at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Swimmer Reece Whitley named Sports Illustrated’s Sportskid of the Year 2015

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Swimmer Reece Whitley, who earned two silver medals at the World Junior Championships earlier this summer, was named Sports Illustrated Kids’ Sportskid of the Year for 2015.

Whitley, a breaststroker, stands 6’8” at age 15 and is a sophomore at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. His 100m breaststroke time is 17th in the country, and his 200m time is 10th. He is the youngest swimmer to be ranked that high in both events.

“Making an impact on a young swimmer at a meet is probably more important than the times that you swim,” Whitley told SI Kids. “All these records are meant to be broken, but if you change a kid’s life or if you put a smile on a kid’s face because you took a picture with them, that never dies.”

“Getting to know Reece a little bit, he’s incredible,” 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps commented. “The guy is very talented, he’s super relaxed, super outgoing. He’s seeing results, he’s having fun, he’s enjoying himself. He’s a stud.”

Phelps has been known to call out “studs” in the past who do well in Olympic years. After the 2011 World Championships, Phelps told Jimmy Fallon that Missy Franklin was a stud, too. Then, at the 2012 Olympics, Franklin picked up four gold medals and a bronze.

Whitley beat out other four finalists for the title: taekwondo athlete Natalie Hershberger, 11; speedskater Cooper McLeod, 14; rock climber Ashima Shiraishi, 14; and cross country/ track and field athlete Harper Russell, 15.

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Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan remembers slain Colorado officer, a childhood friend

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan remembers the Colorado police officer who was killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic as loyal, caring and a true friend.

She told media outlets that Garrett Swasey was “one of my best friends” as they grew up together practicing figure skating in Melrose, Massachusetts. Before he became a police officer, Swasey was a junior national couples ice dancing champion.

An emotional Kerrigan says she wasn’t surprised he took a career path where he helped others first. She says he always had fun and did everything with a smile.

Swasey’s father has told the Boston Globe that his son moved to Colorado in the 1980s to pursue competitive figure skating and became an officer six years ago.

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