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Sochi Olympics 2014 Update

Written by Jake Baez on February 21, 2014

As a general update, The German Olympic Committee has confirmed that it was notified, one of its athletes has failed a doping test at the Sochi Games. The first announced of these Olympics.

The athlete was not identified.

The committee says in a statement that it was informed Thursday night by the International Olympic Committee that the athlete had a positive test on the “A” sample. The backup “B” sample will be analyzed Friday.

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin took the lead in the first leg of the Olympic slalom on Friday. Shiffrin handled the soft snow best and finished 0.49 seconds faster than defending champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. Tina Maze of Slovenia was third fastest, trailing 0.67 behind Shiffrin’s time of 52.62 seconds.

Austrian veteran Marlies Schild, Shiffrin’s main rival for gold, was 1.34 back in sixth. Schild, however, prefers icy conditions. The racers skied under floodlights in the fading late-afternoon light. The second run is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. (2015 GMT).

At 18, Shiffrin would be the youngest Olympic slalom champion; Hoefl-Riesch is seeking a record-equaling fourth career gold; and Maze can equal the record of three Alpine golds at one Winter Games.

The Dutch are already looking beyond their stunning success on the big oval and are concentrating on something on ice they are actually bad at – figure skating. With 21 of 30 speedskating medals going into Saturday’s final medal races, the Dutch realize there is no more measure of growth there, but still are hungry to become a better Winter Games nation.

Going into the final weekend, the Netherlands is in fourth position in the overall medals table, but apart from a lone bronze at short track, all come from a single sport.Dutch team manager Arie Koops said that the Dutch “are slowly building from scratch” to develop their figure skating program, adding “we want to be part of the mix in a dozen years.”

U.S. bobsled driver Steven Holcomb ran a little harder on an injured calf and is confident he’ll be close to full speed for the four-man competition.

Holcomb is trying to win a second consecutive gold medal in four-man, which begins with two heats Saturday. Holcomb said his strained calf muscle is “about 75 percent” and he pushed harder at the start of two training runs with his three-man USA-1 crew.

He had the fourth and sixth fastest times during Friday’s practice sessions, an improvement from Thursday when he was 17th and 16th among 30 sleds.

Holcomb ended a 62-year medal drought for the U.S. team in two-man, winning bronze earlier this week. He was beaten by Russia’s Alexander Zubkov, who will try to win his country’s first gold in four-man.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – After winning her fourth gold medal in women’s hockey, Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser says she needs a break. But don’t think that means the 35-year-old forward is finished.

“I feel like I still want to play and I love to play and feel like I’ve got a lot left, but right now I just need a break away from the game,” Wickenheiser said Friday, a day after winning what she described as the toughest gold of her career, a 3-2 overtime thriller against the United States.

Wickenheiser says she wants to see where life goes, and still plans to try to get into medical school. Another big factor, she said, is the direction of the Canada women’s hockey program. “We’ll see who ends up being the coach and where the program is going to go and just what the plans are for the next four years,” she said.

Additional Reporting from the AP.

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