Fresh bid to win back Baxter’s bronze

The medal went to Benjamin Raich. Picture: comp
The medal went to Benjamin Raich. Picture: comp
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A FRESH campaign has been launched to have Edinburgh skier Alain Baxter’s Olympic bronze medal returned to him.

Baxter’s bronze was the first ever Olympic snowsports medal won by a British skier or boarder.

But the 40-year-old’s historic achievement 12 years ago in Salt Lake City was tarnished by controversy after he tested positive for banned substances after the race.

It was established that he failed because he had bought an over-the-counter Vicks inhaler in America which included the banned substance levomethamphetamine, unlike the British version.

Now an online petition to overturn the ruling has attracted nearly 2000 signatures in just two days.

Baxter said that he was “overwhelmed” by the support that had been shown by campaigners and had “not given up hope” of “justice being done”.

He said: “I would like it back for me and also for my children.”