Tuesday, March 18, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Snowboarder Tara Zwink is under suspension from competition for two years after testing positive for marijuana.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday the 30-year-old snowboarder from Government Camp, Ore., tested positive Jan. 11 at the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo. The test disqualified Zwink from her seventh-place finish in the halfpipe at the event, the agency said. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will carry out the sanction. The anti-doping agency is the independent anti-drug agency for Olympic sports in the United States.

Zwink finished seventh in the halfpipe in World Cup competition last year in Sapporo, Japan.

At the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Ross Rebagliati of Whistler, B.C., tested positive for marijuana use after winning the first Olympic men’s snowboarding gold medal.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified him and stripped him of his medal, but that decision was overturned by an appeal panel, which ruled there was no agreement at that time between the I.O.C. and the International Ski Federation that marijuana should be treated as a banned substance.