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Olympic drug testing: 2,453 athletes drug tested to find one drug user in Sochi

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle being questioned after drug testing
Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle being questioned after drug testing
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Olympic drug testing in Sochi wasn’t in the spotlight like it was in the London Olympics. The athletes were warned they would be tested and if caught expelled or worse. So on day 14 of the Sochi Olympics the announcement comes that out of 2,453 drug tests over the games, there is one alleged cheater who has used chemical enhancements. According to Yahoo Sports on Friday, the accused Olympic athlete is Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who competed in biathlon for Team Germany.

The International Olympic Committee put the Germany team on notice Thursday night after the first sample for the testing came back positive for substances. The process requires the second sample to be analyzed before action will be taken against the athlete.

This isn't the first time the Olympic athlete has come under scrutiny. At the 2006 Torino Olympics Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle was suspended. Finding an abnormally high red blood cell count, the athlete was put on notice at that time as well.

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle is a cross-country skier has won five medals, two gold and three silver at past Olympics. If the allegations are upheld with the second test, the Olympic athlete won’t lose any medals as there was no placement on the Sochi podiums for the athlete, but she will be sent home packing immediately.

It is terribly sad to see that drug testing was needed to keep the Olympic Games clean. The IOC warned athletes they would be monitoring closely and apparently that is exactly what is happening.