Wednesday, February 11, 1998
Drug Test Quick FactsNAGANO, Japan (CP) -- Some facts about the decision Tuesday to strip a gold medal from Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati after he tested positive for marijuana:
The medal: Rebagliati, from Whistler, B.C., won the men's giant slalom snowboard gold medal Saturday with a time of two minutes 3.96 seconds. Thomas Prugger of Italy was second at 2:03.98. Ueli Kestenholz of Switzerland was third in 2:04.08. To date, Rebagliati was Canada's only gold-medal winner at Nagano.
The tests: Rebagliati failed a preliminary urine test and a second confirming test that medallists undergo at the Olympics. Traces of cannabis were found at the level of 17.8 parts per million. The international federation that governs snowboarding has determined 15 parts per million is the threshold at which sanctions may be imposed.
The sanctions: The International Olympic Committee voted 3-2 with two abstentions to disqualify Rebagliati from the race, expel him from the Games and order him to return his gold medal. The smallest penalty could have been warning.
The appeal: The Canadian Olympic Association plans to mount an appeal to an independent court of arbitration. That body would have to make a ruling within 24 hours of the appeal.