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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Marek gets international ban

Associated Press

ANTALYA, Turkey -- Polish cross-country skier Kornelia Marek has received a two-year ban for doping at the Vancouver Olympics.

The International Ski Federation applied the ban Thursday from the date her provisional suspension started, to run through March 15, 2012.

The 24-year-old Marek was previously suspended for two years by Poland's ski federation.

She was the only athlete disqualified from the Games by the International Olympic Committee.

Marek tested positive for EPO, a blood-boosting hormone, after helping Poland finish sixth in the 20K relay.

All her Olympic results were voided including ninth in team sprint, 11th in the 30K mass start, 39th in 10K freestyle and 35th in 15K pursuit.

Under IOC rules, Marek cannot compete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.