Why this story matters:
Back in 2006, nearly every single Estonian alive tuned in to watch cross-country skiing at the Torino winter olympics, and countless families erupted into joyous cheer when Estonian skier Kristina Šmigun-Vähi won the gold medal.
However, in 2014 -- nearly a decade later -- Russian media began to insinuate that Šmigun-Vähi had used illicit drugs to win her place on the podium.
Shortly after, the International Olympic Committee declared having found forbidden molecules in the sample provided by Šmigun-Vähi doping test. They announced the need for an enquiry, whose results were announced this week.
After three years of uncertainty, Šmigun-Vähi has finally been cleared of all suspicions.
"My day is filled with sunshine today." wrote Šmigun-Vähi in response. "I don't have anything to add -- everything has been clearly stated."
The accusations had cast a shadow on Estonian skiing. Now Estonia rejoices, ready to cheer its athletes in PyeongChang, where Russia will be banned over state-sponsored doping.
Details from the story:
- In 2006, Estonian skier Kristina Šmigun-Vähi won a gold medal at the Torino Olymic Winter Games.
- In 2014, Russian media insinuated that she had used drugs to win.
- Kristina Šmigun-Vähi wrote publicly that she is willing to fight those accusations. She insisted that all her samples had been clean.
- In Torino, 1219 athletes gave doping samples. Of these, 489 were re-tested to look into possible foul play.
- In 2017, the International Olympic Committee announced that all the re-tested samples were clean.