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Canada's Jessica Zelinka (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Canada's Jessica Zelinka (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Athletes have mixed feelings on testing protocol Add to ...

She’s has had postpone plans to produce a sample, including one Saturday night she was on her way out with her roommates. She made a pit stop in the upstairs bathroom, and didn’t hear the knock of doping control officers at her front door.

“They all screamed up the stairs at the same time ‘Don’t pee!’ because they heard the bathroom door shut and the drug testers had shown up. I’m like ‘What the heck? Is there something wrong with the plumbing?“’ Spencer said laughing.

“Seriously, this is what I think: If one of my competitors was doping, I would want them to do everything they could to catch a cheater. So for that reason, I am willing to break up a Friday or Saturday to accommodate them.”

There are about 400 elite athletes in the Canada’s registered drug testing pool, according to Luke.

In the quarterly period between July and September of 2012, there were 1,321 urine tests conducted as part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, plus 208 blood tests. There were two anti-doping violations in that time – one for testosterone and one for marijuana.

Athletes complain that testing protocol isn’t as strictly enforced in other countries as it is here.

At the London Olympics, Canada’s former WADA chief Dick Pound pointed to Jamaica and Belarus as two countries where tests are not rigorous enough, saying it’s often difficult to track down athletes to test them.

Catriona Le May Doan estimates she’s been tested “thousands” of times, and jokes about it now. But the two-time Olympic speedskating champion believes there’s no alternative when it comes to keeping sport clean.

“It makes me adaptable to pee anywhere,” she said. “If I ever get stuck in my car, I have no problem. I can pee in a cup.”

“People say, ‘Oh the system is skewed,“’ she added. “But for athletes who are in the system, you have to trust it. Because that’s all you have. It’s always been a situation where you do it because you want to be part of it. You want people to trust you and you want to trust others.”

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