US Bobsledder Ryan Bailey Hit With 2-Year Doping Ban

In this fie photo, Nick Cunningham and Ryan Bailey, of the United States, round a curve at the World Cup bobsled opener in Lake Placid, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Peter Morgan/AP, File

U.S. bobsledder and former track Olympian Ryan Bailey has been given a two-year doping suspension by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for using a banned stimulant.

Bailey failed a doping test in January at a North American Cup competition in Park City, Utah. He was originally given a six-month ban starting in July, and then the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency took the case to CAS.

After a hearing, CAS increased the ban to two years.

Bailey was a strong candidate to make the U.S. team for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Bailey was on the team that won silver in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 London Games, a medal that was stripped after the doping conviction of relay teammate Tyson Gay.

The Nigerian women’s bobsled team started with a hand-made wood sled in Houston but managed to raise money, attract sponsors and qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

(Published Friday, Dec. 1, 2017)