Skip to main content

Why Russia is Banned From Every Sport in the 2018 Winter Olympics

By Jordan Robinson, Ruan Sherpa, and Adam Hemenes

Long Island City - Whether you love them or hate them, this year’s Winter Olympics, which is going to be held in PyeongChang County, South Korea, will not be the same without Russia because of how dominant they were in the past.

The reason why Russia is banned from this year’s Winter Olympics is because they were caught doping again, according to CBS News and the Anti-Doping Agency.

Russia has had doping problems before, and they lost 51 olympic medals because of it, which is the most medals stripped from a team because of doping scandals. 

Doping is another word for taking talent-enhancement drugs in order to “improve” your strength in sports. One of the talent-enhancement drugs that Russia has confirmed of using steroids.

Steroids are a drug that make a person’s muscles bigger and stronger, but they have consequences. If you use overdose (when you use them too much), you can get acne, violent and aggressive behavior, heart attacks, liver cancer, and much more. This can also happen if you just take steroids without overdosing. 7th grader Claire Amann said that it was unfair for the Russian athletes who weren’t a part of the doping scandal, but faire for the Russians who were a part of the scandal; this indicates that they got what they deserved.

The Anti-Doping Agency accused approximately 1,000 russian athletes of doping in past Winter Olympics (2001-2009) according to CBS News. The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) has also banned Russia from this year’s Winter Olympics for the same reason.

This is not the first time athletes from Russia have tested positive for doping in the Winter Olympics, and it probably won’t be the last. In the results of the last Winter Olympics below, notice how Russia finished in 1st place by 5 olympic medals compared to the USA.

Results of the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 (From NYTimes)

  • Russia: 1st Place with 13 gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals; 33 medals in total
  • USA: 2nd Place with 9 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 12 bronze medals; 28 medals in total
  • Norway: 3rd Place with 11 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals; 26 medals in total
  • Canada: 4th Place with 10 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals; 25 medals in all
  • The Netherlands: 5th Place with 8 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals; 24 medals in total
  • Germany: 6th Place with 8 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals; 19 medals in total
  • Austria: 7th Place with 4 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals; 17 medals in total
  • France: 8th Place with 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 7 bronze medals; 15 medals in total
  • Sweden: 9th Place with 2 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals; 15 medals in total (France is in 8th because they have more gold medals than Sweden)
  • Switzerland: 10th Place with 6 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals; 11 medals in total

It’s Not the End for Russian Athletes and Coaches

32 Russian athletes who were banned from this year’s Winter Olympics because of the doping scandal have been cleared to participate in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. This means that those 32 athletes who were originally banned were innocent and their accusations were cleared. However, the international Olympic Committee will not allow 15 participate.


Popular posts from this blog

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” Releasing April 2018

By Able Bloodgood, Anita Andrade, Dash Fisher and Isamu Russo 

Long Island City - The multi-million dollar series from Marvel Studios, Avengers, is returning with a bang, releasing Avengers: Infinity War on April 25, 2018.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the new films are bringing back old characters from previous movies and introducing new characters, a few who have never made a screen appearance in a Marvel movie.

The movie follows the storyline that all of Marvel's superheroes must come together to fight Thanos, an intergalactic villain with the powers of the universe, before he destroys earth and the universe as we know it.

Thanos is expected to set high standards for villains to come. “I wanted to turn Thanos into the Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. In other words, he is sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies,” said director Anthony Russo in an interview at San Diego’s…

Disney Channel Character from “Andi Mack” comes out as gay, and other LGBT characters.

By Dash Fisher

Hunters Point Community Middle School - It’s your neighbourly and friendly friend here, Dash! In the show Andi Mack, a character comes out as gay to his friend. Here are my thoughts and feelings about it.

Andi Mack is a Disney Channel show about tweens going through middle school. Starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Andi Mack, Andi Mack is turning 13 when her older sister Bex returns home. Andi goes through her teenage life, with the help of her family and her friends Cyrus and Buffy, on top of coping with the discovery that Bex is actually her mother and that her mother Celia “Cece” is actually her grandmother, and managing her crush on classmate Jonah Beck. While another one of Andi’s friends, Cyrus, also has a crush on Jonah.

So, in the show Cyrus comes out as gay. Gay is the G in LGBTQ+. LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and the plus stands for other sexualities/genders including but not limited to Pensexual, Asexual, and Intersex.


Locker Situation at HPCMS

By Alexa Perez, Nicholas Lentini, Nairi Nakhapetian and Tsheyang Lhamo

Students at their lockers in the afternoon

Long Island City - There’s a locker situation at Hunter’s Point Community Middle School. The students at this school are saying they don't have enough time at their lockers, therefore making their bags too heavy to carry around from class to class. This has been stated in every grade and in most classes. The data that our team collected backs up all of these statements.

Many kids at HPCMS have certain opinions about the lockers. Some say they need more time, others say they think that they have a good amount of time in their lockers, and others don’t know what to say about the situation.

The data from our surveys show that 86% out of the 94 students surveyed feel that their bags are too heavy to carry around all day to different parts of the school. Only 8% of students said their bags weren’t that heavy. This means that the majority of students think that their bags are …