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Under Doping’s Shadow, Russian Athletes Train for Rio Games

At the all-Russian Track and Field team championships in Sochi, high jumper Alexei Dmitriev looks out at the stands and admits the scene unfolding is “a little sad.” The Sochi weather? Great. The stadium grounds? Groomed and ready for competition. But the near empty bleachers? Disheartening. “See — it’s just the athletes and their coaches cheering us on,” he says. At 32, Dmitriev is making what may be his last bid for a chance at joining the Russian Olympic squad. He says he...

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