A Former Olympic Skier And Part-Time Police Cadet Got Raided Mid-Blood Dope, And It's Safe To Say It's Not His First Time
NYPost- Austrian Max Hauke, who is also a police cadet, was one of five skiers arrested in anti-doping raids at the Nordic skiing world championships in Seefield, Austria, on Wednesday.
Incredible footage released by Austrian publication Vorarlberg Online shows the shamed star caught in the act with a needle in his arm before a race. When asked whether anyone else is at home, an embarrassed Hauke, 26, shakes his head.
He admitted to blood doping and cooperated with police in the investigation, a statement confirmed. Austrian media claim Hauke and fellow doping countryman Dominik Baldauf are also qualified police cadets.
I suppose I could focus on this guy being such an experienced cheater that he may or may not have tried to cover his tracks (well, metaphorically at least) by hiding in plain sight by working with the police force, but I'm honestly more impressed than I am disappointed.
I mean, not even during college did I have the gumption to try my hand at rolling blunts, and this dude got so comfortable transfusing his own blood that draining his arm with a needle and enough plastic tubing to hogtie Lance Armstrong became as much of an inconvenience as loosening his belt before opening a beer. Not for nothing, but if the tainted results of bike races and the recently retracted medal count is any indication, there is a lot money to be made in being so skilled in recycling red cells that you could mindlessly do so while catching up on your DVR. It's not the most ethical line of work, but I'm pretty sure that Olympic dream died while the law enforcement route was hitting a bit of a snag, with his prospective co-workers kicking down his door and all.
I obviously can't say that Max Hauke is a good person or an equitable competitor, but I can say he's got what it takes to dope you up a fresh batch of blood without even breaking a sweat or staining your couch. At least he can add that to his resume since the vast majority of it just got tagged with the world's biggest asterisk.