Meet Kornelia Marek, she is the Polish Cross Country Skier. She joined her team at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver this year, but what incident occurred back there and is haunting her now? Did she test positive for something? Keep reading to know about her life, recent doping results and more, plus don’t miss Kornelia Marek’s photos and video below.
Kornelia was born on August 3, 1985 in Wodzislaw Slaski, Poland. She is part of the AZS AWF Katowice or Academic Sports Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland.
She first started competing in 2002, she competed at the 2005 Polish Championships but it wasn’t until 2007 that she set her mark at the 2007 World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany, although she didn’t get to the podium, her performance gave her the recognition to the next World Cup. Instead, her fellow Polish Cross Country Skier Justyna Kowalczyk was the one who got to the podium.
At the 2008 World Cup in Liberec, the Czech Republic, she finished 25th at the 10 km event, at the 2009 World Championships once again in Liberec in Czech Republic she finish 21th at the 30 km event, 6th at relays joined by Sylwia Jaśkowiec, Justyna Kowalczyk, and Paulina Maciuszek. In Vancouver she finished 11th at the 30km, 35th at the 15 km combine, 30th in the 30 km and 9th at team Sprint with Sylwia Jaskowiec, She didn’t do that bad, but what happened to her?
Well it all happened after her team sprint race on February 25th that on March 11th it has been found some traces of EPO or Erythropoietin. This substance is banned for athletes due to its increase of oxygen in the blood which causes muscles to be capable of increasing their effort of any physical activity.
If she was found guilty, her Vancouver achievements would be in jeopardy and her place in the Polish National team, as for her she denied at that time about taking any illegal substances expect for the intravenous and intramuscular injections, but she did not have any knowledge they contained any banned substances.
“I hope it will be negative, I have nothing to reproach myself for, I was never taking any banned substances.” said Marek.
But on March 16th her second sample she did prove positive on EPO, and she was suspended from the National Team and could face up to two years suspension and ban from Sochi, Russia where the 2014 Winter Games will take place.
The Olympic Committee hopes to find the person responsible for this incident that has caused Kornelia’s life and athletic career a terrible damage.
“We expect that the guilty person will be caught and eliminated from the sport because that person destroyed the girl’s career and even life.” Henrik Urbas, spokesman from the committee said.
We really hope the best for this Polish Cross Country Skier on this difficult time she is going through, meanwhile take a look at some of Kornelia Marek’s photos and video below.
Kornelia Marek Video