Italian bobsledder William Frullani, 34, has been sent home from the Sochi Olympics after testing positive for doping, reports The Associated Press.
His removal from the games was confirmed by Italy’s governing Olympic body, CONI. They said that they were informed by the IOC that Frullani failed a test, coming up positive for the banned substance, dymetylpentylamine, a stimulant, reports ESPN. The first test was taken on February 18, which Frullani failed, a second test was done on February 21, which he also failed. The bobsledder had requested the second test. Hours before an unnamed German athlete also failed a test for the drug.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s a Decathlete
Frullani, in addition to being a bobsledder in winter sports, competed as a decathlete in International athletics competitions. In his homeland, Italy, he was won four national decathlon titles in 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2012. He switched to being a bobsledder in October 2012.
2. His Day Job is as a Cop
Frullani works as a police officer in his day job.
3. Frullani Studied in the U.S.
He attended the University of Tennessee as well as the University of Florence.
4. The Italian Team Are in 17th Place
He was a brakeman in the Italian bobsled team. The team are placed 17th after the first heat at the Sochi games.
5. His Wife is a Multi-Sports Star Too
He is married to Ukrainian multi-sports athlete Hanna Melnychenko. She competed at the London Olympics in the Heptathlon where she placed in 10th.
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