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      December 7, 2017

      Canada's Alex Harvey, right, is tagged by teammate Devon Kershaw in the men's team sprint cross country skiing event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The Canadians finished fourth, while a Russian pair took gold. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

      Canadian cross-country skier Devon Kershaw was floored by the International Olympic Committee's crackdown on Russia because he had zero faith anything would happen.

      The IOC punished Russia on Tuesday for widespread evidence of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, banning the country from competing in February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
      Athletes from Russia who prove they're clean can participate as "neutrals" without the Russian flag and anthem, the IOC said.

      "I'm flabbergasted that the IOC did anything," Kershaw told The Canadian Press from Norway. "I mean, look at their track record.

      "I'd pretty much lost all faith in the IOC."
      The three-time Olympian has been leading the charge for Canada's first medal in men's cross-country skiing for over a decade.

      "Those moments that were robbed, you don't get them back and it doesn't feel good to sit here and talk to you and think about were they doing something like that in Vancouver [in 2010], when I was fourth? Probably," the 34-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., said.

      "That stinks because that was the prime of my career. Before my facial hair was grey."

      The fine print of the IOC's announcement intrigued Kershaw more than the headlines.