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Russian skier denies he's informer after teammates banned

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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian cross-country skier who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics has denied he's an informer for the World Anti-Doping Agency after two teammates who finished ahead of him were banned.

Ilya Chernousov finished third in the 50-kilometer race at the Sochi Olympics behind fellow Russians Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin.

Both were stripped of their medals and banned this month over allegations they were part of a Russian doping scheme and cover-up, with evidence their drug-test samples were tampered with. Chernousov's was in line for a possible upgrade to gold.

Russia ski team coach Yuri Borodavko suggested Chernousov may be "betraying his teammates and comrades," in comments to news website Gazeta.ru.

Chernousov says the accusation is "a bluff," in a statement on his training center's website.

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