Canoeist Laurence Vincent Lapointe is the latest Canadian Olympic medal hopeful to get caught up in a doping controversy. She has tested constructive for the banned substance Ligandrol — which can support construct and repair muscle tissues — a year out from the Tokyo Games. Here’s a appear at 5 prior doping incidents involving Canadian Olympic athletes:


Substance: stanozolol

In a case that created headlines worldwide, Johnson tested constructive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol soon after winning the 100 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a then-record time of 9.79 seconds. He was stripped of his Olympic title and his record was voided.

Soon after initially denying any wrongdoing, Johnson admitted to doping in the 1989 Dubin Inquiry, a Canadian government investigation into drug abuse. He was also relieved of his 100-metre title from the 1987 globe championships in Rome soon after admitting to taking steroids when preparing for that race.


Substance: THC

Rebagliati had his giant slalom gold medal from the 1998 Nagano Games rescinded soon after traces of THC, the key psychoactive element of cannabis, have been discovered in his bloodstream following a drug test. THC was not on the Globe Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances at the time, and Rebagliati argued the substance was the outcome of second-hand smoke. The choice to strip Rebagliati of his medal was at some point overturned.

He became somewhat of a minor celebrity soon after the choice, with a writeup in Sports Illustrated and an look on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show.”


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Substance: Pseudoephedrine

1 of Canada’s most respected amateur athletes, Laumann suffered a short hit to her reputation when pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in lots of more than-the-counter cold medicines, was discovered in her method soon after she helped Canada to a gold medal in quadruple skulls at the 1995 Pan American Games. The Canadian squad had its medal stripped, but Laumann created a convincing case that the constructive test was the outcome of a botched prescription by group medical doctors, and she was not suspended by rowing’s international governing physique.

Laumann, a globe champion who gained fame when she improbably won a single sculls bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games in spite of obtaining her ideal leg severely broken in a rowing accident the prior year, went on to win a silver at the ’96 Olympics.

Pseudoephedrine has had an inconstant status amongst banned substances. It was removed from the list in 2004 prior to WADA re-introduced it in 2010.


Substance: Cocaine

Lamaze lost his spot on Canada’s equestrian group for the 1996 Olympics soon after getting a 4-year ban for a constructive cocaine test. His ban was overturned a year later when an arbitrator ruled that Lamaze’s private story of developing up about drugs was a mitigating aspect to his offence.

Lamaze swiftly rebuilt his reputation and has turn into 1 of Canada’s most decorated jumpers, such as an person gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

RYDER HESJEDAL (CYCLIST)- Doping Controversy

Substance: EPO

The only Canadian to win a prestigious Grand Tour occasion when her captured the Giro d’Italia in 2012, Hesjedal was caught up in cycling’s popular doping scandal that created headlines when Lance Armstrong was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles. The United States Anti-Doping Agency alleged Armstrong was the ringleader of an in depth doping system involving erythropoietin (EPO), which is applied to stimulate the creation of oxygen-wealthy red blood cells.

Disgraced Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen alleged in his 2013 book “Yellow Fever” that he taught Hesjedal how to take banned substances, such as EPO. When Hesjedal did not confirm any distinct allegation against him, the two-time Olympian stated in a statement:  “I sincerely apologize for my aspect in the dark previous of the sport. I will normally be sorry.”

“Even even though these blunders occurred additional than 10 years ago, and they have been quick-lived, it does not transform the truth that I created them and I have lived with that and been sorry for it ever because.”

The Canadian Press

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