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Skeleton Racer Cleared to Compete in Turin

Zach Lund competes in the FIBT Men's Skeleton World Cup Race, Nov. 17, 2005, in Lake Placid, N.Y.
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Zach Lund competes in the FIBT Men's Skeleton World Cup Race, Nov. 17, 2005, in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Top-ranked American skeleton racer Zach Lund has been cleared by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to compete in the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

He had tested positive for a banned substance that is often used to mask steroid use, but he said he used it to treat balding.

Tom Goldman reports on Lund's effort to get back on the mountain.

Note: Despite being cleared by the U.S. officials, the International Olympic Committee gives Lund a one-year ban for drugs on Feb. 10, the opening day of the games.

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Tom Goldman is NPR's sports correspondent. His reports can be heard throughout NPR's news programming, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and on NPR.org.
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