SOCHI, Russia - Eight hours before she competed Saturday night, Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond had to pee in a bottle.
The 18-year-old figure skater from Marystown, N.L., had to undergo an unannounced doping test at lunchtime even though she was skating in the team event later that night.
"We know they can test any time, but we've never seen them on the day of competition," said Skate Canada's high performance director Mike Slipchuk. "I've never seen that in any competition."
Osmond had practised early in the morning and was taking a nap with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on her door when the drug testers from the Russian Olympic organizing committee arrived.
The Canadian champion responded well to the distraction, skating a clean short program that included a triple toe loop-triple toe combination, triple flip, and double Axel. She finished fifth, helping Canada to a second-place finish overall heading into Day 3 of the three-day team event.
Slipchuk said seven of the 17 Canadian skaters have been tested in Sochi already, including pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Dylan Moscovitch, who were nabbed for testing the night their flight landed in Sochi.
"At least we're running out of skaters to test, which is a good thing," he joked. "It's just kind of interesting when I heard about Kaetlyn today, I thought, 'Man, they've got everyone (who's competed) so far.' "
Every Canadian singles skater who has already competed and at least one member of each of the pairs and ice dance teams have been tested so far at these Games.
Slipchuk said the skaters are accustomed to random doping tests, but he pointed out if the testers had arrived any later than noon, timing would have been tight for Osmond to eat, and get to the rink to warm up for her event.
Plus, athletes have their pre-game routines, and a doping interruption could wreak havoc with the wrong skater's psyche.
"Our skaters, they just troop along, you see it from Kaetlyn, she's easygoing. . . she does her thing and comes and skates tonight, but sometimes given the dynamic of the athlete, it could be a downfall," Slipchuk said. "This issue bothers us more than it bothers the skaters."
Osmond said the whole process took about an hour and she returned to her room to watch movies — from the fairy tale drama series "Once Upon a Time" — to relax. The closest she's ever been tested pre-competition was at the Canadian championships, where she was tested two days before she skated.
Slipchuk said he had voiced his concerns to the Canadian Olympic Committee.
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