Russian Medal-Winning Curler Suspected of Doping

If you've watched Olympic curling coverage, you probably thought you could totally do this sport, which doesn’t appear to require very much athleticism. From a novice’s perspective, it’s just pushing rocks and sweeping ice.

The International Olympic Committee on Sunday acknowledged a report that an Olympic athlete from Russia tested positive for meldonium.  Curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, who won bronze as part of the mixed doubles team, has tested positive for the drug that has been banned since 2016.

The irong? This past December 5th the IOC announced that the Russian Olympic Committee had been suspended from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Athletes who had no previous drug violations and a consistent history of drug testing were allowed to compete. Not under the flag of Russia but the Olympic Flag as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia".

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