Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Guess it wasn't for aerodynamics

Team USA suffered a stunning setback on Tuesday when Zach Lund, the men's World Cup skeleton leader and a Torino Olympic medal favorite, was suspended after testing positive for a masking agent at a World Cup event, the New York Times reported.

Jim Shea Snr, president of the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, told the newspaper that Lund was suspended Tuesday after testing positive for Propecia, a drug used to combat baldness, at a competition last month in Europe. World Anti-Doping Agency officials consider the drug and one of its contents, finasteride, a masking agent for steroids.

So, there a couple of points we’re going to focus on here:

1) We have no idea what skeleton is, but we’re thinking it might have something to do with the absence of muscle mass, hence the need to dope, roid up, whatever.

2) Lund was playing Russian Roulette with this one. He ran the risk of getting popped for cheating and / or getting outted for being folicaly challenged. It was a lose-lose situation from the get go!

"It's on the banned list. No question. He screwed up," Shea told the Times. "He lost his spot on the World Cup team and it's possible he won't be able to go to the Games. On a personal level, it's so sad. He's worked so hard to get here. I know Zach Lund, and I know Zach Lund is not a cheat."

Lund’s father was quoted as saying that his son has been taking hair restoration products for several years. Man, if you can’t trust your own dad to keep a secret, then who else is there for crying out loud.


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