A report that a bobsledder recently may have tested positive for steroid use does not involve a U.S. athlete, says the executive director of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, Lake Placid.
Matt Roy said on Tuesday that he has heard the report may involve a European athlete. Asked whether he would know if an American had tested positive, he replied, "I certainly hope so."
According to a television report broadcast in Salt Lake City, the unnamed athlete was to undergo a second test before results would be announced.
On Dec. 7, 2001, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is charged with making sure the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games are clean, suspended Jeff Laynes of Oakland, Calif., from bobsledding for two years. Laynes admitted manipulating USADA documentation and tested positive for a steroid at two international track and field events, said the agency.
The most recent time he manipulated agency forms was on Oct. 27, 2001, at Utah Olympic Park, Bear Hollow, during the U.S. national four-man trials. At that time, Laynes among the bobsled crew of Brian Shimer of Naples, Fla.
Shimer replaced Laynes with Dan Steele of Rock Island, Ill., and went on to win a position in the Winter Olympics.