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A Russian Olympian Who Just Medaled At The 2018 Games Is Now Suspected Of Doping

A Russian Olympian Who Just Medaled At The 2018 Games Is Now Suspected Of Doping
Updated 3 months ago

Alexander Krushelnitsky, a Russian bronze-medalist in curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics, is now suspected of testing positive for meldonium, a substance that has been banned since 2016.


The drug is apparently still prescribed as an anti-ischemia medication in many eastern European countries. For athletes, the drug is effective at opening up the blood flow and enhancing exercise abilities. 

Moscow denies having run a state-sanctioned doping program, which ultimately led the International Olympics Committee to prohibit Russia from officially competing in this year's games.  

Officials will meet with anti-doping officers to perform further analysis on a "B" sample from Krushelnitsky. 

The controversy was apparently the talk of the Olympics...well, of the venue, anyway...

And there's quite a bit at stake:

 But Twitter really just wants to know: for curling, really?

Counterpoint: yes, curling, really:

Krushelnitsky has now broken his silence:

We anxiously await the final results. But in the meantime, curling's on y'all.