A second Russian Olympian, bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva, has tested positive for a banned substance. A video she was featured in makes it look even worse.
As a nation, Russia was officially banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of widespread doping. However, the IOC eventually allowed Russian athletes to compete under the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" banner.
It seemed like a pretty feckless penalty for the country as a whole, but probably fair towards the athletes who were clean. And yet, two athletes that have tested positive for banned substances are Russian.
Earlier in the games, curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was caught for meldonium. It is the same drug that tennis star Maria Sharapova served a 15-month suspension for.
Krushelnitsky and his wife and teammate Anastasia Bryzgalova had won bronze in mixed curling. After the test, they had to return the medals.
Now, Nadezhda Sergeeva has also tested positive for a banned substance.
The Russian bobsled team's pilot tested for trimetazidine, a drug that can improve athletes' oxygen use. From ABC News:
The Russian Bobsled Federation in a statement confirmed that Nadezhda Sergeeva, a bobsled pilot for the Russian women’s team in Pyeongchang, had tested positive for a banned heart medication.
The federation’s president, Alexander Zubkov, told The Associated Press that Sergeeva denied taking the substance and team doctors had not prescribed it. The federation said that Sergeeva, 30, whose sled placed 12th in the women’s competition on Wednesday, had passed a doping test five days earlier.
Deadspin found a video from before the Olympic Games that makes Sergeeva's positive test even more embarrassing. She was prominently featured in an ad for ZASPORT, the official sportswear outfitter of the Russian Olympians, wearing a sweatshirt that reads "I Don't Do Doping I Am ZA Sport."
It isn't quite Krushelnitsky's conspiracy theory that a rival Russian curler spiked his drink to sabotage him. Still, with Russian Olympians and doping, you can't make it up.