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.