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Russian skier booted off team for allegedly doping

January 26, 2010 | 10:13 am

It appears another athlete will not be heading to Vancouver following allegations of doping.

Cross-country skier Alena Sidko has been dismissed from Russia's ski team after reportedly testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Russian media reported earlier today that a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Barcelona confirmed that trace amounts of the banned drug were discovered in samples taken from Sidko last month.

The International Ski Federation said Sidko, 30, has been temporarily banned from competing, but would not disclose the reasons for the ban.

Sidko won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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