Friday, February 10, 2006

Mr. Hemoglobin

After more testing today, another 4 athletes have tested above the legal hemoglobin limit. Gold-medal favorite, Evi Sachenbacher from Germany is one of them. Alen Abramovic (CRO), male Pavel Korosteljev (RUS), male Nikolai Pankratov (RUS), male Robel Teklemariam (ETH), male Sean Crooks (CAN), male Sergey Dolidovich (BLR), male Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA), male Aleksandr Latsukin (BLR), male Natalia Matveeva (RUS), female Kikkan Randall (USA), female Evi Sachenbacher (GER), female Leif Zimmermann (USA), male


Anonymous Phil said...

Unbelieveable! Looks like there are more.

Blogger mags said...

Well, apparantly the Reuters report of EPO use was inaccurate, thank God.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that the cross country ski events historically are a doping mess, and speed skating is not confronted with the same problems.
Altitude effects? Why not the skaters?
Very few sporters go over 50% hematocrit.
So many and you know they are doping.

Blogger Jill said...

I don't believe most are doping. I think the required levels for cross-country skiers are too strict. Why would so many athletes "dope" when they know it's such a risk and almost impossible to get away with? That's what dosen't make any sense.

Blogger iain said...

Is there a way by which skiers with naturally high levels can obtain exemption to within agreed limits like they do in cycling?
I don't know about the cost but I would have thought that if there was a risk of being declared unfit the athletes would monitor their levels in the lead up to the event.

Blogger mags said...

First, about speed-skating; one reason we haven't heard about skaters exceeding the limit is very simple - the ISU (interation skating federation) have not mandated requried blood-tests... In other words, they have no limit (!). FIS and UCI have tested blood values for years and years, they have an established protocol. The ISU have lacked this for years.

I would venture out on a limb and say that most of the 12 athletes that tested above the allowed hemoglobin level were clean. Skiers with naturally high hemaglobin levels can get a waiver, yes. In fact, many of the skiers that tested high a few days ago had applied prior to the games.



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