Ontario curler banned two years

Duff-Man

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Duff-Man says...okay..I am not one to be in favour of cocaine use, and perhaps this makes sense in regards to the optics of getting government funding...but this guy must be some kind of idiot. Coke is a stimulant...why would anyone take it for "curling" - a sport that is played entirely in slow-motion..seems to me it'd be more of a detriment to your game than a help...oh yeah!

Ontario curler banned two years
Ontario curler banned two years
WebPosted Tue, 07 Jun 2005 22:13:49 EDT
CBC Sports
Wayne Middaugh's Ontario rink has lost second Joe Frans for two years because of a doping infraction committed at this year's Brier in Edmonton.

Joe Frans, left, sweeps at the Brier. (AP Photo/Adrian Wyld)
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport confirmed Tuesday that Frans, 29, tested positive for cocaine metabolite, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances.

Frans, who was tested March 8, promptly exercised his right to a hearing before an independent arbitrator, who banned him for two years and denied him any and all funding from the federal government.

"The independent arbitrator determined that Mr. Frans' adverse analytical finding constitutes an anti-doping violation," said the CCES in statement, "and imposed a sanction of two years sport ineligibility and permanent ineligibility for federal sport funding."

Frans, from Grimsby, Ont., was Middaugh's second as Ontario finished 6-5 in the Brier, held at Rexall Place.

with files from CP Online
 

clayj

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It's not entirely in slow motion... after all, when those guys are brooming the ice, being coked up would let you brush even faster.

And I suppose getting high might make it possible to actually ENJOY curling. ;)
 

killuminati

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clayj said:
And I suppose getting high might make it possible to actually ENJOY curling. ;)
Haha, true.

It is kind of stupid of him though. I have no respect for athletes who use drugs to improve performance in a contest. I don't care if they do drugs, but don't do it to have an advantage over other competitors.
 

Applespider

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I guess it was taken recreationally?

Having played curling for 10 years, I'd not be surprised to hear that doping was going on. The suppleness you need to be able to drop into the release position would be aided by being able to take steroids to help healing after you pulled a muscle.

And don't underestimate the effort taken in sweeping a stone up the ice... sliding along sideways pretty fast while brushing as fast as you can while trying to avoid other stones which are lying around the house...
 

efoto

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Applespider said:
I guess it was taken recreationally?

Having played curling for 10 years, I'd not be surprised to hear that doping was going on. The suppleness you need to be able to drop into the release position would be aided by being able to take steroids to help healing after you pulled a muscle.

And don't underestimate the effort taken in sweeping a stone up the ice... sliding along sideways pretty fast while brushing as fast as you can while trying to avoid other stones which are lying around the house...
That there almost makes curling sound fun, almost. I think sliding sideways would be pretty sweet, high or not. Personally I'm not for that type of thing, but if you wants to do it in his own time whatever, his choice. As stated above I think its better he keeps it to him instead of using it to up the competition.
 

keysersoze

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I think it would help focus/concentration. The ability to block out what is going on around you I think would help someone who might easily be rattled in situations where the pressure is on. Rather than thinking of it in terms of drinking 8 cups of coffee before an exam, think of it as drinking 1 or 2. Enough to keep your mind focused on the task at hand. Which in this case was sliding a rock across ice. :rolleyes:
 

Inspector Lee

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keysersoze said:
I think it would help focus/concentration. The ability to block out what is going on around you I think would help someone who might easily be rattled in situations where the pressure is on.
Yeah, I've shot some pretty stellar rounds of golf with a good buzz going. Just loosens you up and the pressure fades but alcohol is a depressant whereas "toot" is a stimulant so I can't see it helping during a game with the exception of the following:


when those guys are brooming the ice, being coked up would let you brush even faster.