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Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
« Reply #90 on: February 27, 2017, 21:05 »
I find Marit Bjørgen's performances more consistent than Therese Johaug's. Therese actually jumped the rest of the field (from being among the best on all terrains and the best climber - in the tour de ski finale - to being the best on all terrain, no exception - the year she tested positive for clostebol.

Otherwise, I think the Norwegian XC skiing team reads the rules on asthma stuff and nebulizers quite similar to Team Sky ie they will take it to the legal limit even if it's ethically questionable. The swedes seems to be in the other camp there. Looking at other means to improve performance, it is not completely consequently always so. Norwegians will not use "altitude tents" (national ban for all sports) even though it is allowed elsewhere (fwiw I think Bauke Mollema used it while preparing for the TdF a few years back, I seem to remember Lars Petter Nordhaug mumbling about not having the same opportuinities as the others on the team.) That's not an excuse for nebulizing away saltwiter and other substances not on the banned list, but to show that there is more than one opinion on these matters in Norway. 

PS: I rather thought the focus on X-C skiing and Norway these days was about "most incredible screw up on the finish straight"  :shh I wouldn't stop you from considering the Norwegians invincible, but  :lol
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #91 on: February 27, 2017, 21:42 »
    well, Iversen looked cooked, he probably wouldn't have won anyway I guess?

    And year, it wasn't really supposed to be an accusation. I just thought it was odd that anyone who wants can sign on a crystal ball and the FIS advertised it as "Athletes [...] sign[ing] on for clean sport", no matter how dodgy they potentially are. Would Legkov and so on be allowed to sign there as well in case the CAS had decided differently?

    Sure, you are probably right about the Norwegians staying (mostly) within some kind of limits, but there's no way I would call it an example for clean sports.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #92 on: February 27, 2017, 22:11 »
    You see various cases of athletes signing up for clean sports - either by putting their name on a piece of paper or by putting "I run clean" on their gear. This seems to happen in many sports in many countries. If you put yourself in the athlete's position - and your national federation ask you to "please sign here, it is good for our public relations" - how could you ever refuse?

    The only case close to an exception is Martin Johnsrud Sundby but he refused to sign a letter from the athletes to the FIS or some other federation, not an order from the FIS or NSF (Norwegian Ski federation). Until he had better time to think about the consequences he would not sign it, he said. I don't know his motivation for that, but unlike most other skiers he has a doping history, and that may influence his point of view.

    Anyway, back to my original point: if your federation, team or club says "please sign this anti-doping petition here, it will be good for our PR and the relations with our current sponsors and facilitate establishing contact with new sponsors for next year" - how could you refuse?

    And then, how much do you value this kind of anti-doping devotion? In my opinion, it is to be filed under "talk is cheap" and serious sports fans might just as well disregard it. It is worthless, but in a not-positive, not-negative either neutral way. It is just not what to look for when you scrutinize an athlete's attitude towards doping.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #94 on: February 04, 2018, 14:32 »
    Cross-Country Skiing: Medalists under suspicion of manipulation http://www.sportschau.de/doping/skilanglauf-manipulationsverdacht-englisch-100.html via @sportschau
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #95 on: February 04, 2018, 22:47 »
    So there was doping from 2000-2010?  :-x



    He may not be as famous as Lance Armstrong outside of countries that are manic about x-c skiing :)

    Anyway, I am getting a bit tired by the unspecific accusations thrown around about things that happened quite a while ago. I also think that the cloud of accusations at someone from somewhere in some event will cast a shadow also over athletes that they don't have any data for.  The unspecific accusations hit honest competitors and cheaters with the same force, and that is not fair.

    There are reasons to believe that most endurance sports have a doping problem, we knew that. I think there is even a general consensus as to how it was typically done  in that decade. The one XC skiier everyone remembers was perhaps the most rampant doper ever seen at the olympics. Several others have been caught and systematic doping has taken place on some teams at times (there are both convictions and reasonable evidence to suggest this).  So, where's the news in this really? 

    Someone leaked a database that mostly confirms what we thought might have been the problem. 






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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #96 on: February 05, 2018, 05:34 »
    https://twitter.com/JeuneGuillou/status/960066229368172544?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3

    Take away the 51 Russians and looks pretty even spread. Don't worry T names will find a way ouy
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #97 on: February 05, 2018, 09:04 »
    So there was doping from 2000-2010?  :-x
    Who would have known!? :lol



    He may not be as famous as Lance Armstrong outside of countries that are manic about x-c skiing :)
    It's the famous Spanish[1] cross-country skier Johann Mühlegg! :D
    Strangely enough, once he was Spanish, he went on to winning the World Cup in 1999/2000 and three Olympic gold medals in 2002 - that were later taken off him when he tested positive for EPO after the final race of the 2002 Olympics.

    Anyway, I am getting a bit tired by the unspecific accusations thrown around about things that happened quite a while ago. I also think that the cloud of accusations at someone from somewhere in some event will cast a shadow also over athletes that they don't have any data for.  The unspecific accusations hit honest competitors and cheaters with the same force, and that is not fair.
    I agree.
    Hajo Seppelt is an excellent investigative journalist, but he very much acts from a basis of "they all dope, so sweeping accusations are the way to go" - a bit like "kill them all and let God sort them out".
    He's been in this 'business' for so long that, for him, the sport holds no value anymore; all he cares about is convicting dopers. And that's not the greatest state of mind to have sport[2] make progress in the anti-doping fight. He doesn't care about that at all, only about exposing the current (honestly often quite insufficient) state of it.
     1. yes, Spanish; he got Spanish citizenship etc. after he was thrown off the German cross-country team for good in 1998
     2. yes, sport in general - Seppelt is very indiscriminate in his investigations
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #98 on: February 11, 2018, 21:15 »
    Following the "Mapei sweep" of the podium on men's 30 km XC skiing (a "russia sweep" is probably more correct for XC skiing, remembering the 50 km podium from Sotchi)  I read quite a few remarks about medicine use/doping in Norwegian cross country skiing. There were quite a few comments from twitter accounts about similarities between team Sky and the Norwegian cross country team. I would be the first to admit there are similarities, in deed I have sometimes pointed to it in discussions here on velorooms.

    However, there are a few important differences too. Both teams have athletes that suffer from exercise induced asthma (i wouldn't be surprised if many other teams have that too). While Team Sky willingly admits this after it is noticed by testing and test results are subsequently leaked or by eager audience noticing inhaler use, and sometimes goes to great lengths to obscure which medications are used by whom and how much (the world finds out afterwards), the Norwegian olympic delegation publicly declares before the games, in the national press, what they are bringing.

    You may have read this is in the press (if your news source passes the RT version of this, there has been a doping bust, as the Norway team "have been caught with 6000 doses of asthma medicine". Truth is, the Norwegian team declared it. Note that this is for the entire delegation, with 109 athletes in many disciplines, not just for XC skiing.

    6000 doses sounds a lot but according to a mate of mine with asthma it is equivalent to some 4-5 athletes on medication for the duration of the games. Not more. Norway has about 25 athletes suffering from exercise induced asthma, but these are only the team's medicines, the athletes will also bring their own, that should make up for what's missing.
     
    I don't have a medical degree and I have 99 problems but asthma ain't one, so I leave the complete list here for others to read with more knowledge. However, Kenacort is what catches the eye of this layman, and Norwegian press (TV2's very good cycling reporter Magnus Aarre)  have already been interviewing Michael Rasmussen about the effects of Kenacort. To which Rasmussen added Celeston.

    After the discussions on Bradley Wiggin's TUE and kenacort use, I can't see why this is on the list at all - someone with so serious problems that performance-enhancing kenacort is needed should not be racing, period. I can see the medically responsible suggesting to bring the substance as they are responsible for treating what comes up, but I can't see the responsible leader at higher level that checks the lists and tells the medically responsible to remove kenacort as the use of that substance is associated with a reputation loss so steep they'll all be out of work before easter. Even in Norway.

    Final comment: I am not 100% sure but I don't think Simon Hegstad Krüger is one of the athletes that have exercise-induced asthma. Sundby (the silver medallist) of course is, he had a ban for illegal salbutamol use previously and will always be the focus of attention in these debates (along with Marit Bjørgen). Arguably, Sundby has been the strongest SC skier of the past few years, but he lacks the explosive finish that often wins championships (which Petter Nordthug has).

    (On a good day I might find the time to translate all of it but I already wasted to much time now :)  guess you can make sense of it as it is mostly latin and a few not to strange words in Norwegian)

    • Imodium 2mg (mage) – 20 pakker (16 tabletter i hver)
    • Nexium 40 mg (mage) – 6 pakker (28 tabletter i hver)
    • Apocillin 660 mg (antibiotika) – 6 pakker (40 tabletter i hver)
    • Doxylin 100 mg (antibiotika) – 4 pakker (15 tabletter i hver)
    • Azitromax 500 mg (antibiotika) – 4 pakker (30 tabletter i hver)
    • Selexid 400 mg (antibiotika) – 4 pakker (20 tabletter i hver)
    • Trimetoprim 300 mg (antibiotika) – 4 pakker (7 tabletter i hver)
    • Klorhexidin 1mg/ml (antibakteriell rensevæske) – 10 flasker (250 ml i hver)
    • Diflucan 100 mg (mot soppinfeksjoner i underlivet) – 2 pakker (28 tabletter i hver)
    • Zovirax 200 mg (mot herpesmunnsår) – 2 pakker (25 tabletter i hver)
    • Zovirax 800 mg (mot herpesmunnsår) – 3 pakker (36 tabletter i hver)
    • Voltaren 50 mg (mot betennelser og smerter i muskler og ledd) – 4 pakker (100 tabletter i hver)
    • Naproxen 500 mg (betennelsesdempende/smertestillende) – 6 pakker (50 tabletter i hver)
    • Arcoxia 120 mg (smertestillende ved revmatiske sykdommer) – 4 pakker (7 tabletter i hver)
    • Ibumetin 5% (smertestillende krem) – 20 tuber (50 g i hver)
    • Zyloric 300 mg (mot urinsyregikt og ved steindannelse i nyrer og urinveier) – 1 pakke (100 tabletter i hver)
    • Paracet 500 mg (smertestillende) – 6 pakker (20 tabletter i hver)
    • Pinex forte 500/30 mg (smertestillende) – 4 pakker (20 tabletter i hver)
    • Stilnoct 10 mg (innsovningstabletter) – 6 pakker (30 tabletter i hver)
    • Xylocain-adrenalin 10 mg/ml (lokalbedøvelse) – 4 pakker injeksjonsvæske (5 flasker a 20 ml pr pakke?)
    • Xylocain 10 mg/ml (lokalbedøvelse) – 4 pakker injeksjonsvæske (5 flasker a 20 ml pr pakke?)
    • Marcain 5 mg/ml (langtidsvirkende lokalbedøvelse) – 20 flasker injeksjonsvæske (20 ml pr flaske)
    • Lederspan (20 mg/ml) (betennelsesdempende kortison) – krever medisinsk fritak – 20 flakser injeksjonsvæske (1 ml pr flaske)
    • Symbicort 160 mcg/4,5 mcg/d (mot astmasymptomer og kols) – krever medisinsk fritak – 15 inhalatorer (120 doser pr inhalator)
    • Atrovent 20 mcg/d (åpner luftveiene) – 6 inhalatorer (200 doser pr inhalator)
    • Atrovent 0,25 mcg/d (åpner luftveiene) – kun for forstøver – 6 inhalasjonsvæsker (60 doser pr)
    • Alvesco 160 mcg/d (mot astmasymptomer) – 10 inhalatorer (120 doser pr inhalator)
    • Ventoline 0,2 mg/d (åpner luftveiene) – krever medisinsk fritak – 6 inhalatorer (60 doser pr inhalator)
    • Aerius 5 mg (allergimedisin) – 2 pakker (90 tabletter i hver)
    • Natriumklorid (sterilt saltvann) – 20 pakker (10 flasker a 20 ml pr pakke)
    • Celeston Chronodose 6mg/ml (lindrer betennelsesreaksjoner i muskler og ledd, ved allergiske sykdommer slik som astma, høysnue og ved reaksjoner forårsaket av legemidler, samt ved insektbitt) – krever medisinsk fritak – 4 pakker (5 flasker a 1 ml injeksjonsvæske pr pakke)
    • Kenacort-T 40 mg/ml (injeksjonsmiddel til muskler og ledd mot allergiske sykdommer og betennelse) – krever medisinsk fritak – 10 flasker a 1 ml injeksjonsvæske
    • Rhinox 0,3 mg/ml (nesedråper/nesespray) – 6 flasker nesespray
    • Pulmicort 0,25 mg/ml (mot astma) – kun for forstøverapparat – 6 pakker (20 flasker a 2 ml pr pakke)
    • Airomir 0.1 mg/d (utvider luftveiene) – krever medisinsk fritak – 6 inhalatorer (200 doser pr pakke)
    • Spersallerg (øyedråper) – 2 pakker (20 doser pr pakke)
    • Otrivin 1mg/ml (nesespray) – 40 flasker (10 ml pr flaske)
    • Miwana 0,9% (nesespray) – 20 flasker (30 ml pr flaske)
    • Dymista (nesespray mot allergi) – 4 flasker (120 doser pr pakke)
    • Rinexin 50 mg (mot snue og tett nese) – 4 pakker (30 tabletter i hver)
    • Adrenalin 1 mg/ml – forbudt – 1 pakke (10 ampuller injeksjonsvæske pr pakke)
    • EpiPen 300 mcg – forbudt – 4 pakker
    • Apolar 0,1% (salve mot eksem og allergi) – 10 tuber (15 g pr tube)
    • Brulidine 0.15% (salve mot eksem og sår) – 10 tuber (25 mg pr tube)
    • Kloramfenikol 5mg/ml (øyendråper) – 10 flasker (10 ml pr flaske)
    • Vectatone 1% (salve mot munnsår) – 10 tuber (2 g pr tube)
    • Fucidin 2% (salve mot hudsykdommer som er infiserte med gule stafylokokker) – 6 tuber (15 g pr tube)
    • Kloramfenikol 110mg/g (Øyensalve) – 6 tuber (5 g pr tube)
    • Elocon 0,1% (salve mot psoriasis og eksem) – 4 tuber (30 g pr tube)
    • Zovirax 2% (salve mot munnsår) – 10 tuber (5 g pr tube)
    • Lamisil 1% (mot soppinfeksjoner i huden) – 4 tuber (15 g pr tube)
    • Daktacort 20 mg/g (mot kløe og betennelser) – 6 tuber (30 g pr tube)

    I question some of the content, but I applaud the openness!

    Some sources:
    https://www.nrk.no/sport/her-er-norges-medisinlager-i-ol-byen-1.13885993
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #99 on: January 17, 2019, 17:56 »
    https://twitter.com/hajoseppelt/status/1085957778986987520

    nothing too spectacular (for everyone familiar with cycling at least - no surprise that it works the same in any other endurance sport) but still interesting to watch
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #100 on: January 17, 2019, 22:43 »
    There are two young Norwegian female xc skiers that have received human growth hormone treatments for lack of growth. According to national media, one of them was 137 cm when the treatment was started (no info about the other). They have all the therapeutic use excemptions they should have, but nevertheless they have been given a very hard time by the x-c skiing community for it, now that they actually are normal height girls (still small, but not extremely small), performing very well in the sport. There is a chance that the growth hormone treatment received a few years ago has impacted their ability to perform now? 

    There is a very famous athlete well known to have received growth hormone treatment as a kid, but isn't the idea that they get the treatment to get 'back to normal' and then what happens from there is, exactly that: - normal high performance? I struggle to see the effect of the therapy as performance enhancing 1-2 years after it has been concluded, especially taking into account that so young people experience rapid changes in hormone levels anyway.

    I think there are good reasons outside of sport for receiving growth hormone treatment when there isn't a normal growth. Life (especially in 12-17 age bracket) is not just about sport, and it can be a bit damaging to your social relations and self esteem and maybe even psycho-social health to have the height and weight of an 11 year old when you are 15( less than 3% of 12 year olds are lower than 137 cm according to  this growth chart. That's not Norwegian data, yet still, it is good enough for this forum to understand that she was really small.

    If the negative feedback that these girls have received is allowed to set a presedence, to the degree that girls (or boys) that probably should receive this treatment don't dare to get it, I think it is sad.
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    « Reply #101 on: January 18, 2019, 06:52 »
    There is a chance that the growth hormone treatment received a few years ago has impacted their ability to perform now?

    I don't think there really exists a study about that. The most "long-term" one I could find says "Sprint capacity increased significantly with growth hormone treatment. [...] These differences were no longer present 6 weeks after participants discontinued the study treatments."

    https://de.scribd.com/document/249116426/Human-Growth-Horm-Clinical-Testing

    You obviously could argue that gaining height alone was benificial for the sporting abilities, but this story sounds like a bit of an overreaction to me.

    If HGH should be used on kids at all is a different topic though.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #102 on: January 18, 2019, 07:45 »
    but isn't the idea that they get the treatment to get 'back to normal' and then what happens from there is, exactly that: - normal high performance? I struggle to see the effect of the therapy as performance enhancing 1-2 years after it has been concluded, especially taking into account that so young people experience rapid changes in hormone levels anyway.
    We'll probably never know for certain.

    It's similar with e.g. testosterone treatment for middle-aged men who also compete in masters cycling - they have lowered testosterone levels, and the medication brings them 'back to normal'. As long as they have a TUE, they aren't doping in the legal sense.
    I suppose it is then a matter of trust to believe they wouldn't 'over-medicate' to get a bigger effect than 'back to normal'.

    With HGHs for extremely small children, there is another matter to consider: That is, how these kids would fare, not just in sport, but in society as a whole, without that (medication-induced) growth spurt. And again, as long as they have the TUE paperwork in order, they are in the clear.

    The question of long-term effects remains. It is widely thought that other PEDs such as EPO do have long-term effects, even years after you stopped taking them - but it isn't conclusively proven. And even if it were, it would then have to be weighed up against the (physical and mental) well-being of a child ... where I believe the latter weighs more.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #103 on: January 18, 2019, 08:48 »
    it would then have to be weighed up against the (physical and mental) well-being of a child ... where I believe the latter weighs more.

    I think more or more questions about this have come up over the past years though, both in terms of risk of health as well as in regards to the necessity of increasing height at all (apart from very, very small children).

    So in this case, there of course needs to be taken a look into the backgrounds, and who was the one who initiated it. If it were the coaches (instead of the parents, for example), I definitely see reasons to critizice is
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #104 on: January 18, 2019, 10:15 »
    Yeh if they are in the "system" then well-being is already an afterthought (doping aside). If the system was in any way involved in the decision that makes it a whole lot worse.

    (Morally there is no objection to this for anyone who desires it regardless of height, will leave the medical to the professionals)
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #105 on: January 20, 2019, 19:31 »
    https://twitter.com/hajoseppelt/status/1085957778986987520

    nothing too spectacular (for everyone familiar with cycling at least - no surprise that it works the same in any other endurance sport) but still interesting to watch

    Very intersting - thanks for posting.  Agree with you points.  It was there to see, those junior days as the youngsters are all talking to each other about what they are taking and then if it becomes normalised to take PEDs there is no going back.  That is the age when they need to be told - people do it.  Many do it.  Many of the stars you have looked up to do it.  And then analyse whether it is acceptable or not. 

    Sutton getting Millar to front up for the BC youngsters was a joke and a half.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #106 on: January 26, 2019, 19:49 »
    https://twitter.com/hajoseppelt/status/1085957778986987520

    nothing too spectacular (for everyone familiar with cycling at least - no surprise that it works the same in any other endurance sport) but still interesting to watch

    https://oe1.orf.at/player/20190123/540447
    radio broadcast in german about doping in competitive sports with Johannes Dürr and Martin Prinz who wrote with him the book "Der Weg zurück. Eine Sporterzählung" (Comeback. A sport story).

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    "Den Stempel ‚Doping' werde ich nie wieder los", sagt Johannes Dürr, österreichischer Langläufer und einstige Olympiahoffnung des ÖSV. Nach einer Dopingsperre und dem lebenslangen Ausschluss aus dem ÖSV will der Spitzensportler bei der kommenden Nordischen WM in Seefeld wieder an den Start - auf eigene Faust, ohne großen Mannschaftsstab und nach vier Jahren Aufarbeitung seines sportlichen und persönlichen Desasters.

    An seiner Seite stand während der letzten vier Jahre der Schriftsteller Martin Prinz. Die beiden trainierten miteinander, und sie haben in dem 350 Seiten starken Buch "Der Weg zurück. Eine Sporterzählung" die Geschichte des Hochleistungssportlers Johannes Dürr aufgerollt. Zu Gast bei Elisabeth Scharang erzählen die beiden, wie sie vor einem Jahr mit Hilfe von Crowdfunding ein unabhängiges Team auf die Beine gestellt haben, um Johannes Dürr zurück an die Weltspitze zu bringen, und wie er Doping heute sieht.

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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #107 on: February 27, 2019, 20:06 »
    The Austrians were on it again today, apparently also following some hints given by Dürr. He was not invited to the World Championships in the end btw, maybe that made him remember one or two things more than before, putting the nail in the coffin of the Austrian XC federation.

    Two of the athletes were basically caught with the needle in the arm, getting a late blood infusion the night before the competition today. (that sounds so 90's, doesn'it it?!)

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-skiing-doping-arrests/nordic-skiing-five-athletes-arrested-in-doping-raids-at-world-championships-idUSKCN1QG1UF

    An interesting part about this is the doctor incolved, Dr. Mark Schmidt from Erfurt/Germany, formerly employed by #gerolsteiner Gerolsteiner and #milram Milram. Best known for sueing Bernhard Kohl because he called him a doping doctor. Somehow he even won that law case.

    Now a centrifuge and plenty of bloogbags were found in his office. A while ago Schmidt proudly mentioned that he was still working with ~60 sportsmen from different sports like cycling, football, handball and so on. So there could me more to follow.

    https://www.sueddeutsche.de/sport/doping-arzt-erfurt-1.4348056
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #108 on: February 27, 2019, 22:18 »
    Austria is a too small country to make good doping.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #111 on: March 03, 2019, 11:57 »
    One thing that I find a bit remarkable with this story is that these guys aren't really that good. On the international scene they occasionally show up in the top-10 range, but in general they have been a few notches down the scale from top level performers. If they came to Norway to race the national championships here (which some Brits have done) they would find a really large group of competitors at their level that never makes it to the world cup.

    A credible source such as "someone on twitter I never heard of before" @StatsSkier posted some performance graphs showing how the performance of the 5 x-c skiers named have improved over the years. I'll repost them here.





    Note that FIS points are awarded "the other way", so few points = good skiers.

    According to some reports I can't see have been widely confirmed, the Austrians started doping in 2016. At this point, their career path had shown a typical trajectory of rapid improvement since their debut in the world cup, then stabilizing (but best performances steadily improving) but then facing a setback in 2015 with less races attended (especially for Baldauf) and not so good results. In X-C skiing world cup, few races attended usually would reflect someone else being selected, ie failing to make the national team. From 2016 we see a trenf towards better results. Hauke seems to have had 1 or 2 races every year with an entirely different and much lower performance level.

    The estonians also are not very good skiers. The father of one of them was famous for long training blocks alone before major championships where he got very good results, but the son has hardly been noticeable on the international scene.  For the Estonians, less information is available and AFAIK they are still in custody as they have not cooperated with the police in the same way as the Austrians have.

    For some reason there is little discussion about the fith skier, but Aleksej Poltoranin is the big fish here. He typically wins a couple of races every year and is considered one of the best in the classic technique races. His wife is one of the athletes under investigation in the biathlon scandal from last year, and he has been a consistent high performer in the last 10 years.  Did everyone already expect this to happen?


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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #112 on: March 03, 2019, 12:27 »
    The estonians also are not very good skiers. The father of one of them was famous for long training blocks alone before major championships where he got very good results

    Andrus Veerpalu, yeah, banned for hGH use in 2011, later cleared by the CAS. Then began to coach Poltoranin.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #113 on: March 03, 2019, 18:56 »

    I see that one of the Austrian skiers is named Dominik Baldauf and comes from Bregenz (Vorarlberg).

    I thought that name sounded familiar, and sure enough: There is a German Conti-level cyclist named Sebastian Baldauf, from Sonthofen in the Allgäu, just across the border from Bregenz, who raced for Austrian teams a lot, including two stints with Team Vorarlberg. And, more interestingly, he apparently retired after the 2018 season, just like Denifl (but with less fanfare as he was on a Conti team, so not a pro).

    Of course, this could all just be a coincidence, and Baldauf may well be a relatively common name in the Bodensee area.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #114 on: March 03, 2019, 21:18 »
    I see that one of the Austrian skiers is named Dominik Baldauf and comes from Bregenz (Vorarlberg).

    I thought that name sounded familiar, and sure enough: There is a German Conti-level cyclist named Sebastian Baldauf, from Sonthofen in the Allgäu, just across the border from Bregenz, who raced for Austrian teams a lot, including two stints with Team Vorarlberg. And, more interestingly, he apparently retired after the 2018 season, just like Denifl (but with less fanfare as he was on a Conti team, so not a pro).

    Of course, this could all just be a coincidence, and Baldauf may well be a relatively common name in the Bodensee area.

    We are a bit hung up on names on this forum  :angel
    There is another Denifl as well: Wilhelm Denifl is a veteran (now 38) in the nordic combination event (ski-jumping + cross country). I am not sure if he is related to Stefan. He doesn't have very good results as an individual athlete (1 race won in 2014, but the startlist is full of unfamiliar names and I think it must have been a race where the best decided not to compete). With the national team, there are a few better results, including a bronze medal at the team event in Pyeongcheang olympics in 2018, with an 8th place as his best individual result in the same games.  If anything, his results are better in olympics years, but hey, if you are in your 30s and competing in a sport that has a very low profile, where the million euro pro contracs are as far away as the Andromeda galaxy - that could be the years you asked your boss for some time off so you could put in extra training hours :)
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #115 on: March 03, 2019, 22:03 »
    For some reason there is little discussion about the fith skier, but Aleksej Poltoranin is the big fish here.

    OK more on this guy because this is where things start to become interesting. He has been a top performer for years, so did he always dope?
    I have been reading up on way too many posts on a skiing forum to dig up some interesting stories. You need to see the results this man has in the junior's world championships, on the distance races.

    For those that don't know skiing - XC skiing terminology: distance races are comparable to CX races (group start) or time trials (individual start), and they are different from sprints which are shorter knock-out tournament style competitions.

    Young Poltoranin's results:

    • In his last year as a junior, he won the silver on 10 km freestyle.
    • In his second year as a junior, he was 6th in the same race (this was the year when Northug won every race).
    • In his first year in the junior class, he was 4th and 8th on the individual distance races. Before his 17th birthday (!!!!!)

    So he was good as a junior, but
    • The year before this, when he was still not 16 and thus not yet a junior racer, he was 8th in the 10 km classic race - in the junior's world championship. Did you think that was exceptional?
    • One year before that, aged 14 and 9 months he was 15th on the 10 km freestyle. He was up against competitors up to 5 years older than him!

    So, in short, his results as a youth are extremely good but not completely unheard of. It is close to Petter Northug (or Peter Sagan), but just a short step down. An  extremetalent, on a world level.

    So, how could this go wrong?
    Was he raised on EPO in the kasakh state school for future sports heroes from early days? I don't think so, he's from a small town, a long long way from well known cities like Astana or winter sports metropoles like Almaty.
    He contracted a trainer with a known doping problem (Verpalu...) - so he got that kind of advice?

    He was such a talent he should be able to win big without doping.

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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #116 on: March 05, 2019, 14:01 »
    The whisteblower (or maybe not?) Johannes Dürr was arrested by the Austrian police today

    https://derstandard.at/2000098999735/Knalleffekt-im-Dopingskandal-Johannes-Duerr-verhaftet?ref=rss

    Apparently both Hauke and Baldhauf stated that it was him who put them in contact with the doping doctor
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #117 on: March 06, 2019, 12:35 »
    The whisteblower (or maybe not?) Johannes Dürr was arrested by the Austrian police today

    https://derstandard.at/2000098999735/Knalleffekt-im-Dopingskandal-Johannes-Duerr-verhaftet?ref=rss

    Apparently both Hauke and Baldhauf stated that it was him who put them in contact with the doping doctor

    and now Dürr has confessed that he actually never stopped doping. Until recently, he was treated by the very same doctor.

    http://www.spiegel.de/sport/wintersport/doping-in-langlauf-johannes-duerr-soll-bis-vor-kurzem-gedopt-haben-a-1256539.html

    It sounds absurd, not only in terms of his extremely poor results after the comeback, but expecially in the lights that it were his statements which initiated the whole thing.
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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #118 on: March 06, 2019, 22:01 »
    I totally agree, it confuses me that they get so poor results despite cheating with a method that is supposed to work wonders. Cross-country skiing is a sport with more technical aspects than road cycling and it is possible that they just haven't managed to adjust the technique to take advantage of their increased capacity - or that for some medical reason this din't work as well as they thought it would.

    One thing I have noticed is that both the Estonians and the Austrians had formed semi-private teams within the teams. This is an issue in skiing, where unlike cycling, competition at the top level is only for national teams. Several athletes have tried this in the past, for various reasons - one is to grab a larger share of the income they generate through private sponsor deals not possible on the main team. Petter Northug is the most famous example of a skier who tried this, and if I recall correctly this was in function when he raced in the Falun world championship, but he could only wear his #coop jersey and appear in ads for them in off-season. In season he had to wear the national team's jersey with sponsor logos for #coop Coops main competitor. (This happens to be the company that also runs #joker..... so now you see why none of them had the money for a pro cycling team :)

    Anyway, if these "semi-private" teams are to have skiers on the national team's quota, there may be requirements for them to qualify via races or participate in certain camps etc and obviously with the team not having a doping agenda the schedule can be far from optimal for a doper. Even in the case of Poltoranin it is not obvious that his results improved substantially from doping. He was always extremely good, as I documented above.
     

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    Re: Doping in XC Skiing & Biathlon
    « Reply #119 on: March 07, 2019, 08:09 »
    I haven't finished it yet, but Karel Tammjärv has done a long (1 hour plus) interview with Fasterskier.com, which seems to be quite an interesting one

    https://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/nordic-nation-estonias-karel-tammjarv/

    (it's not in Estonian, in case you're worried, and his English is perfect by the way)
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