Sundby’s appeal branded as ‘useless’

Experienced atheletes’ attorneys told state broadcaster NRK that it’s all but impossible for Norwegian skiing star Martin Johnsrud Sundby to try to get his doping conviction evaluated by the high court in Switzerland. Sundby is so desperate to clear his name, though, that he’s keen to try. Norwegian media was full of stories earlier this week that Sundby […]

IOC: ‘Naive, stupid’ and ‘cowardly’

“We have been naive and stupid,” declared Gerhard Heiberg, Norway’s veteran member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after last week’s revelations of systematic, state-run doping among Russian athletes. Critics added “cowardly” after the IOC later decided not to ban the entire Russian team from the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after all. “It was […]

Skiing team’s doctor resigns

Knut Gabrielsen, the doctor for Norway’s men’s national ski team who’d wrongly advised star skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby on how to use his asthma medicine, has resigned. He said he felt terrible after giving Sundby advice that was ruled to be a violation of anti-doping rules, and stripped Sundby of some key victories. “It bothered me terribly,” […]

Supporters rally around stricken skier

Norwegian skiers, Norway’s national skiing federation and even commercial sponsors were supporting multiple-medal-winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby on Thursday, after he was ruled as having illegally using an asthma medicine and stripped of major victories in the 2014-2015 skiing season. Other skiers and sports officials outside Norway weren’t so supportive, even suggesting that Norwegian skiers have received […]

‘Thor should have revealed doping’

Norway’s newly retired world champion cyclist Thor Hushovd was being roundly criticized Wednesday night for failing to reveal that his former friend and rival Lance Armstrong had engaged in doping. Armstrong admitted the doping to Hushovd in 2011, long before Armstrong famously went public with his doping history to American talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. “We think […]

Doping program angers ski queen

Norwegian cross country skiing champion Marit Bjørgen was furious that a Swedish documentary crew gained access to confidential blood samples taken by the International Ski Federation (FIS), when the athletes themselves don’t even see the results. Meanwhile, the only Norwegian named in the program was angry that Norway’s ski federation (Norges Skiforbund) didn’t defend him, […]

Sports officials clear themselves

Norway’s national skiing federation (Norges Skiforbund) has released what information its officials said they could about former top skiers’ blood tests from the 1990s, and contended they cleared the athletes of any speculation about doping. Ola Rønsen, doctor for the national skiing team who’s tied to the Norwegian Olympic Committee, told reporters that former skiing star […]

Blood tests aim to prove innocence

Norwegian and Swedish skiing federations have started to gather blood test results from top skiers in the 1990s, in an attempt to remove speculation about blood doping after a Swedish documentary cast suspicion on them last week. The documentary was met with shock, warnings of legal action and denial of any wrongdoing. “I will try to […]

1990s ski heroes in doping storm

Norwegian skiing legend Bjørn Dæhlie is among former winter sports stars caught in a storm of speculation this week over their performance in the 1990s. A Swedish documentary called ‘Blood race in skiing’ has triggered outcry in the Norwegian skiing community after it raised new suggestions of doping and implicated Scandinavian heroes like Dæhlie. The […]

Doping case dismissed, career ruined

Doping allegations against Petar Vukicevic, coach and father of Norwegian athletes Christina and Vladimir Vukicevic, were dismissed this week by the state anti-doping agency Antidoping Norge. Norway’s national athletics association (Norges Friidrettsforbund, NFIF) and sports club Vidar nonetheless dumped him from their staffs, leaving him unemployed and with a ruined name. His daughter also ditched her […]