MILAN (AP) Italian sport's anti-doping office has asked for bobsledder William Frullani to be banned for a year after failing a doping test at the Sochi Olympics.
Frullani tested positive for the banned stimulant dimetylpentylamine on Feb. 18 and the Italian was kicked out of Sochi.
The case goes to the second level of the Italian Olympic committee's anti-doping tribunal.
While sleds were around for centuries as a mode of transportation, bobsled racing didn't begin until 1877 in Davos, Switzerland, where a steering mechanism was attached to a toboggan. A four-man race was held in 1924 at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix and a two-man event was added in 1932 at Lake Placid. The sport evolved in the 1950s as aerodynamics came into play and new rules were put into place. Today's bobsled is extremely dangerous with the sled acting almost like a bullet on skates. The most successful athletes possess the perfect combination of bravery, precise skill and sheer power.