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Winter Universiade 2019 comes to a close

The epic University Winter Games have come to a close, with just over 2,500 athletes competing in an exciting array of sports! The games were held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, welcoming people to ‘#RealWinter’ which was the event hashtag for the year. The 11-day event included 11 sports. Including, Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon, Bandy, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating, Ski Orienteering and Snowboard. From the battle between Russia and Canada in the Women’s Ice Hockey, to Japan’s Ikuma Horishima taking out the gold in the Dual Moguls, there’s been a whole heap of amazing moments during this year’s games. Here are some of the winners. Women’s Ice Hockey The hosts did it! Team Russia took gold after a hard-fought battle with Canada in the Women’s Ice Hockey Final. Gold: Russia Silver: Canada Bronze: Japan Men’s Ice Hockey And the hosts did it again -…

Austrian skier Max Hauke caught doping in Seefeld police raid

Image courtesy of The Times Uk. The Nordic skiing World Championships in Seefeld was hit with a doping scandal last week, after a video of Austrian skier Max Hauke with a doping needle in his arm leaked online. The video shows Hauke having a blood transfusion ahead of the men’s 15km race that took place on Wednesday. Former professional skiier Max Hauke gets caught #doping for the Ski World Cup. He takes a drug which enhances red blood cell count, removes the blood, then after dope tests transfuses the doped blood. He was caught mid transfusion pic.twitter.com/SKmsQAOzAf — vitaxnewsroom (@vitaxnewsroom) March 1, 2019 There were a number of police raids – in Erfurt, Germany, and at the championships in Seefeld, which resulted in the arrests of five elite skiers and four other people. Along with Hauke, Austrian Dominik Baldauf was also arrested. The others included four-time Olympian Alexei Poltoranin…

Sofia Goggia wins downhill amidst time-keeping issues

Italy’s Sofia Goggia won her first race of the season since her comeback from an ankle injury which caused her to miss the start of the season. However, Goggia didn’t let that stop her, winning the ladies’ downhill at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday. Sofia Goggia clocked in at one minute, 29.77 seconds. Joana Haehlen came in second place, 0.36 seconds behind the Italian. Haehlen unfortunately missed out on the typical finish line issue, due to timekeeping issues that didn’t make her run time immediately available. Nicole Schmidhofer had ‘unofficially’ rounded up the top three, while officials had to check and verify the race times for athletes who were affected by the timekeeping issues. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami was unofficially in fourth place prior to the check, however after officials made their verifications, Gut-Behrami was then confirmed as the final podium athlete in third place, while Schmidhofer was verified in fourth place.…

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