Saw this piece of news today:
Maxim Mamin, 20, tested positive in a random doping control on January 2, 2008, following the game Russia Czech Republic at the 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Both the A-sample as well as the requested test of the B-sample confirmed the presence of norandrosterone, a metabolite of the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
And my mind raced straight to Dave King’s book King of Russia…
… where he details his year as the first Canadian coach in Russia.
This is what King wrote:
I am most suspicious of the final member of our coaching staff, Viktor Gudzik, our fitness and strength coach, who seems to pride himself on his recovery techniques. I wonder about his methods, though. He passes out pills and gives injections that no one seems to know much about – other than that they don’t seem to run afoul of the league policy on drug testing … It’s noteworthy that he didn’t join us for our camp in Germany back in July because he couldn’t get a visa – something to do with substances that he either took in or out of Germany a few years back that have him on the “no-entry” list right now.
“I tell the players that, when presented with one of Gudzik’s cocktails, they should press him on what they’re putting into their bodies. Sadly, they’re brought up not to question authority. Last year we had five players attend a national junior camp and two failed the drug test.
Yes, he coached Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
And he was tested positive Jan2? Crazy.