Finnish Skier Juha Lallukka Suspected of Doping

According to Finnish television station YLE, Juha Lallukka is suspected of using banned substances.   A recent sample tested positive for the banned substance human growth hormone (HGH).  On Monday, he travelled to Helsinki to be present for the test of his B sample.

Reportedly, Lallukka left United Laboratories LTD’s offices around 5 PM local time without speaking to reporters.

Finnish Ski Federation chairman Matti Sundberg would only confirm that an athlete had tested positive, without naming the athlete.  Sundberg said the athlete was informed of the positive A sample a few days ago.

At the 2010 World Championships in Oslo, Lallukka, 32, skiied the third relay leg for Finland and raised eyebrows with his eighth place in the 50 k.  He ranks 30th in the current FIS rankings for distance skiers. He’s had 24 world cup starts, all distance events, dating back to 2002.  His best individual finish was a fourth place in the 15 k freestyle race at Lahti in 2005.  He had one Olympic start, in the 15 k at Vancouver in 2010.

Lallukka began the 2010-2011 season ranked 112th.  According to Finnish news sources, he didn’t participate in national team camps this year, avowing that high-altitude camps weren’t productive for him.