First Swedish Medal

Sweden’s wheelchair curling team has won the country’s first medal at the ongoing Paralympics in Vancouver. After beating the USA 7-5 in the bronze medal match, the Swedes had at least some one to cheer. The success was overshadowed by doping accusations against skip Glenn Ikonen who was suspended before the match – following a random drug test which detected a beta blocker in his body.

The drug is used to control high blood pressure and Ikonen, who said it was prescribed by his doctor in Sweden, told reporters he had not intentionally taken a drug on the banned list.

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