Sochi produces Winter Olympics record 8th doping case

Ralfs Freibergs

Latvian hockey player Ralfs Freibergs was retroactively booted from the Sochi Olympics for failing a drug test after his nation was eliminated.

Freibergs’ expulsion marked a record eighth athlete disqualified from a single Winter Games, according to The Associated Press, citing the previous record as seven from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Freibergs, 22, failed a urine test from Feb. 20, shortly after Latvia was bounced from the hockey quarterfinals by Canada. He tested positive for a banned steroid.

The other seven Sochi Olympians to test positive:

Nicklas Backstrom, Sweden, hockey
Vitalijs Pavlovs
, Latvia, hockey
Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Germany, biathlon
William Frullani, Italy, bobsled
Daniel Zalewski, Poland, bobsled
Johannes Duerr, Austria, cross-country skiing
Marina Lisogor, Ukraine, cross-country skiing

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