Nicklas Backstrom finally gets his Olympic medal — six months later
That was a long wait.
Six months after he was ruled ineligible for the 2014 Winter Olympics gold-medal game in Sochi, Washington Capitals center and Swedish star Nicklas Backstrom finally received his silver medal on Thursday.
"While I will always be disappointed that I wasn't able to play in the gold medal game with my fellow countrymen, I'm pleased that my name has been cleared by the IOC," Backstrom said in a statement after he was cleared by the IOC in March. "It is important to me that the IOC has acknowledged that I had asked for and received specific advice from my team doctor that taking this allergy medication would not be a violation.
"In addition, I had disclosed my use of over-the-counter medication prior to being tested."
After a 6-month wait, @backstrom19 finally received his silver medal from the Sochi Olympics on Thursday.— NHLPA (@NHLPA) August 28, 2014