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Russian slider has illegal sled

Updated: March 11, 2013, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

A Russian skeleton athlete has lost all the World Cup points she earned this season, and international officials are seeing if more penalties are merited after tests showed her sled was illegally manipulated.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said Monday that Maria Orlova's sled runners had been hardened, which is not permitted.

Orlova finished 13th in this season's World Cup standings. The penalties come at an awkward time for the Russians, who will host next year's ...

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