Fischer, Austria, took a leadership position that sets an example for athlete conduct worldwide and issued the following statement today in response to the doping accusations: "In spite of all the positive emotions created by Nordic skiing at the Olympic Games, the doping scandals left a very bad feeling. In the contracts with our athletes, we refer clearly to our dissociation from all kinds of doping substances. Therefore, we have cancelled the contracts of the involved athletes, effective immediately." The three athletes are: Johann Muehlegg of Spain, Olga Danilova of Russia, and Larissa Lazutina of Russia. Peter Ashley, vice president of Fischer USA told SNEWS®, "Fischer USA also adheres to the exact same zero-tolerance policy with all of our athletes and their contracts."