Russia goes into the Winter Olympic Games facing renewed scrutiny of its record on doping, despite years of efforts aimed at shedding its reputation as one of the worst drugs offenders in sport.
Irina Starykh practises during the warm up shooting of the women's 15 km individual event at the Biathlon World Cup on January 10, 2014, in Ruhpolding, southern Germany
The nightmare of many Russian sport officials came true in the days leading up to the Olympics when one of the potential female Russian stars of the Sochi Games, biathlete Irina Starykh, withdrew after an 'A' sample tested positive. She is now waiting the 'B' sample result.
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