Sochi produces Winter Olympics record 8th doping case
Latvian hockey player Ralfs Freibergs was retroactively booted from the Sochi Olympics for failing a drug test after his nation was eliminated.
Freibergs’ expulsion marked a record eighth athlete disqualified from a single Winter Games, according to The Associated Press, citing the previous record as seven from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Freibergs, 22, failed a urine test from Feb. 20, shortly after Latvia was bounced from the hockey quarterfinals by Canada. He tested positive for a banned steroid.
The other seven Sochi Olympians to test positive:
Nicklas Backstrom, Sweden, hockey Vitalijs Pavlovs, Latvia, hockey Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Germany, biathlon William Frullani, Italy, bobsled Daniel Zalewski, Poland, bobsled Johannes Duerr, Austria, cross-country skiing Marina Lisogor, Ukraine, cross-country skiing