Backstrom Will Receive His Silver Medal

Nicklas Backstrom will indeed receive his silver medal from the winter games in Sochi! Nicklas was banned from the gold medal game for failing a doping test. The medication he took was Zyrtec D, a medicine he had been taking for his allergies. Long story short, he took to much and failed the test. Sweden would go on to lose to Canada in the Gold Medal Game. Sweden was awarded a silver medal.

Both Backstrom and fans were unsure if he would receive his silver medal. The IOC told Backstrom that they would have some meetings and look over his tests to see if he would qualify to receive his medal. On Friday March 14th, at 1:20 PM eastern time, Backstrom was officially awarded his Silver medal from the Olympics.

The IOC decision is seen here:

CONSIDERING the above, pursuant to the Olympic Charter and, in particular, Rule 59.2.1 thereof, and pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014 and in particular, Articles 1.2, 2, 7 and 8 thereof and pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code and, in particular, Article 2.1 thereof:

Backstrom, 26, tested positive on 19 February for the presence of pseudoephedrine (PSE) in excess of the applicable decision limit of 170 µg/mL. He was provisionally suspended from competing in the final of the men’s ice hockey competition between Sweden and Canada.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission (DC), composed of Anita L. DeFrantz (Chairperson), Nawal El Moutawakel and Claudia Bokel, found that the provisional suspension was fully justified, not only due to the presence in excess of the applicable decision limit of PSE in his urine sample, but also due to the fact that the athlete conceded at the hearing, which took place shortly before the final match, that he had also taken medication containing PSE earlier that day.

The IOC DC took into account in particular that the athlete had been cooperative, had disclosed the medication in question in the doping control form and had relied on the specific advice of his team doctor that the intake of the medication would not give rise to an adverse analytical finding. There was also no indication of any intent of the athlete to improve his performance by taking a prohibited substance. Based upon these mitigating circumstances, the IOC DC considered that the athlete should be entitled to receive the silver medal and diploma awarded for men’s ice hockey.


  1. The Athlete, Mr Nicklas (Lars) Backstrom, Sweden, has committed an anti-doping rule viola- tion during the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
  2. The International Olympic Committee shall not impose any further sanction or measure on the Athlete in respect of such anti-doping rule violation in connection with the Sochi Olympic Win- ter Games
  3. The International Ice Hockey Federation is requested to consider any further action within its own competence.
  4. This decision shall enter into force immediately. 

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