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Russian skier refused to give sample

Updated: March 16, 2010, 1:55 PM ET
Associated Press

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland -- The International Ski Federation banned Russian cross-country skier Elena Vedeneeva from competing for two years after she refused to take a drug test.

The FIS said Vedeneeva would not give a sample to a World Anti-Doping Agency testing team while training last November.

The 38-year-old Vedeneeva was never a prominent skier, and only has four career World Cup starts.

The governing body said Vedeneeva retired from the sport before serving the ban, which ...

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