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2010 Winter Olympics: One of the Cleanest In Recent Memory

By Jo-Ryan Salazar On March - 1 - 2010

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be remembered for a number of things.

The USA finishing with the largest medal haul at a single Winter Olympiad, while the hosts from Canada earned the largest gold medal haul at a single Winter Olympiad.

The Games started tragically with the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, but ended with an emotional finish as Canada earned the gold medal in ice hockey.

New heroes emerged. Old veterans took their curtain call.

But through it all, Vancouver 2010 can take pride in running one of the cleanest, if not THE cleanest, Winter Olympics ever.

Only two athletes were handcuffed by the IOC for doping: Russian women's ice hockey player Svetlana Terenteva and Slovak men's ice hockey player Lubomir Visnovsky of the Edmonton Oilers. Both were for minor infractions.

This is a breakthrough in the World Anti-Doping Agency's continuing efforts to perform stringent tests on athletes and punish those who fail them. During the 2002 Salt Lake Games, seven athletes were stripped of their medals, and two athletes were stripped of their medals at the 2006 Games in Turin.

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