PyeongChang Olympics Medal Count: Norway Upgraded To Curling Bronze After Russian Doping


Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium, which is believed to help blood circulation, after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova. Because Russia had been officially banned from the Winter Olympics, they were participating under the OAR banner.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will hear the doping case against Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky on Thursday.

Bronze medalists Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic athletes from Russian Federation, on the podium.

The CAS earlier on February 22 canceled Krushelnitsky's hearing after he issued a statement published by Russian state-run news agency TASS announcing he had waived his right to the hearing.

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Curlers going for gold in Pyeongchang are far more athletic than they were at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games when Canadian skip Eddie "the Wrench" Werenich was told by the Canadian Curling Association to lose a few pounds so as not to embarrass the country and the Olympics.

It added that it was now awaiting the decision by CAS on any post-Games sanction.

The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russian Federation could go to the 2018 Olympic Games under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for 'Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation'. She and her partner/husband, Alexander Krushelnitsky, instead will be headed back to the motherland in disgrace after a drug test revealed Alexander tested positive Meldonium (twice).

"In this particular situation where they were under a microscope it raises questions", American Angela Ruggiero, head of the IOC's athletes commission, said of the curler's doping case.

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For meldonium to be performance-enhancing it must be used on a regular basis and over a prolonged period of time, the OAR statement said.

Sharapova served a 15-month ban for testing positive for meldonium, but it has yet to decided what kind of suspension Krushelnitsky will serve.

"Should this case be proven or should this case come to fruition, that will also be part of consideration as to whether they will be allowed to march in the closing ceremony under the (Russian) flag", International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams stated.

Either way, it's a bad look for Russian Federation, which has looked to get back into the IOC's good graces after the ban from this year's games.

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One Canadian curler, who was outraged by the fact that Russian athletes were even allowed to participate in these games, hopes that doesn't happen as a significant outcome for this doping violation.