interview with Houry Gebeshian’s coach, Levon Karakhanyon

When he left Armenia in 1996, Karakhanyon stayed in contact with the national team coaches and judges and was a judge for Armenia at the 2006 World Championships.

By 2011 he was the head of the Armenian delegation at the Olympic qualifying championships for the 2012 London Olympics, and it was there he first saw Gebeshian, who was competing for Armenia because of her dual citizenship. …

Medfield coach recalls time at 2016 Olympic games


Levon coaches at MEGA in Massachusetts.

whistleblowers – Yuliya and Vitaliy Stepanova

The acting head of the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA — Anna Antseliovich — was reported to have admitted to ‘institutional conspiracy’ of doping Olympic athletes.

RUSADA later said the NY Times reporter misrepresented her words.

Yuliya Igorevna Stepanova, née Rusanova (Russian: Юлия Игоревна Степанова (Русанова); born 3 July 1986) is a Russian runner who specializes in the 800 metres track event. She and her husband accused the Russia sports system of widespread doping fraud. …

On 26 February 2013, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that Rusanova had been banned for two years following abnormalities in her biological passport. All of her results from 3 March 2011 were forfeited. …

Stepanova and her husband Vitaliy Stepanov, a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, wrote letters to the World Anti-Doping Agency describing doping in Russia but received little response. Deciding she needed more evidence, she began secretly recording conversations with coaches, athletes, and a doctor. …

As of 2016, they live in the United States. She is training to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. …

Yuliya and Vitaliy Stepanova

The family is in hiding, in fear of retaliation.

“The so-called doping scandal will encourage us to create in Russia the most advanced system of the fight against this evil,” Putin said during his annual state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly.

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