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Russian skier Sidko thrown off Olympic team

Cross-country skier Alena Sidko has been dropped from Russia's Olympic team after testing positive for the hormone EPO.

Russian sporting authorities detected traces of the blood-boosting substance in a sample taken at a competition last month in Moscow.

Sidko, 30, won bronze in the individual sprint competition at the 2006 Turin Olympics and had been considered a medal contender in Vancouver.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 26, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Cross-country skiing , Doping , Vancouver 2010  
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