Athletes who are or who may be contemplating using performance enhancing substances are on notice -- the sample that you provide today needs to test clean for the next eight years to avoid a doping offence.
Australia has finished in seventh place in the 2007 Short Track World Team Championships, held last week in Budapest, Hungary. Skating in the Championship B bracket, the team of Jeremy Beck, Lachlan Hay, Alex Merriman, Elliott Shriane and Ben Southee collected 30 points to be pipped by one point by Germany for sixth place.
Jo Carter has finished in 20th place at the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo over the weekend. Carter scored a total of 127.17 points, finishing in 19th place in the short program and 21st in the free program. In a quinella for Japan, Miki Ando took the gold medal with 195.09 points ahead of compatriot Mao Asada on 194.45 points.
Sean Carlow has skated to the best World Championship result of his career, finishing in 28th place in the short program in Tokyo. Carlow scored 49.75 points, missing a place in the 24-man free program, but surpassing his 32nd place at last year's event.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is backing a call by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), for a World Youth Olympics.AOC President John Coates said today he had discussed the plan with Jacques Rogge and “indicated to the President the AOC’s enthusiastic support”.
Ramone Cooper has followed up his impressive World Freestyle Championship debut with a fourth placing in dual moguls in the World Junior Freestyle Championships, missing the podium by the barest margin. After placing fifth in the single moguls on Sunday, Cooper again qualified poorly, landing a head-to-head meeting with the single moguls gold medallist Bryon Wilson of the USA in the opening round of the finals.
Former Australian alpine national champion Sarah Sauvey has followed the lead of Salt Lake 2002 skier Jenny Owens in switching to ski cross, finishing 12th in the World Championships on March 6.
Holly Crawford has finished runner-up in the snowboard halfpipe 2007 World Cup, after riding to her sixth podium result for the season in Stoneham, Canada. The 23-year-old Sydney rider just missed out in her attempt to add a third World Cup title to Australia's 2007 winter sports tally, but equalled the 2004 performance of Torino Olympic team-mate Torah Bright in finishing second on the end of season points table.
Ramone Cooper has finished in sixth place in moguls in the Freestyle Junior World Championships in Airolo, Switzerland. Cooper scored a very high 26.85 points in the final, but was then swamped by a rash of scores in the high twenties.