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German biathlete, Italian bobsledder kicked out of Olympics for doping

February 21, 2014 News Extra

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SOCHI, Russia — A top German biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were kicked out of the Sochi Olympics today in the first doping cases of the Winter Games.

Former two-time Olympic gold medalist Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine in both her “A” and “B” samples, the German Olympic Committee said.

The committee said she has been removed from the team and was being sent home.

Sachenbacher-Stehle — winner of two golds and three silvers in cross-country skiing at previous games — blamed the positive test on a nutritional supplement and said she had never knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs.

“I am going through the worst nightmare that you can imagine, because I am unable to explain at all how there could be a positive test,” she said in a statement.

The Italian Olympic Committee, meanwhile, announced that bobsledder William Frullani was ejected from the games after testing positive for the banned stimulant dimetylpentylamine in the athletes village on Tuesday.

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