Winter Olympics 2014: German athlete fails drug test at Sochi

Bruce Bennett

The first possible case of doping has been found at the Sochi games.

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Sochi is coming to a close on Sunday and the International Olympic Committee has announced the first positive drug test of the games.

Little is known about the positive test, but the IOC has identified a German athlete tested positive on their "A" sample and will test the "B" sample to ensure a positive test, according to a report by the Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times. If both tests are positive the athlete faces disqualification and removal of any medals won at the 2014 Olympics.

German news agency DPA is reporting the athlete in question is 33-year-old Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who finished fourth in the 12.5 km Women's Biathlon, but the German Olympic Committee are not commenting on the report at this time. Spokesperson for the German team, Stefan Schwarzbach didn't offer any additional infortmation on the positive test:

"All I can say is, we have a positive `A' sample (somewhere on the German Olympic team)," he said. "But as long as we don't have a positive `B' sample, we are not allowed to talk about that."

Attempts to cheat are nothing new to the Olympics, but advancements in testing have made positive results more rare. Only one athlete tested positive during the 2010 games in Vancouver and depending on the result of the "B" sample testing we could have the first confirmed episode of doping in Sochi.

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