|Born||March 22, 1979 (age 36)|
Zach Lund (born March 22, 1979) is an American skeleton racer who has competed since 2000. He won two bronze medals at the FIBT World Championships with one in 2007 (men's skeleton) and one in 2008 (mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event). He finished #1 in World Cup standings in 2007.
Zach was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the youngest of 5 children. Zach currently attends Westminster College, Salt Lake City UT, and graduated from the Judge Memorial Catholic High School in 1998.
Lund took part in the 2005-6 Skeleton World Cup, but did not compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics due to disqualification for using finasteride, a drug that was removed from the banned list three years later. He was stripped of his second-place finish in the Calgary World Cup event after testing positive for this medication, and a one-year suspension was issued on February 10, 2006.
Lund said he was using finasteride to combat baldness and that he declared the use of the substance on medical forms. Records show that Lund had been using finasteride (in its commercial hair-restoration form, Propecia) for seven years until his suspension.
Finasteride has been on the banned list since 2005; Lund claims he last checked the list in 2004. "I've been losing my hair since I was a teenager and I've had a prescription for the last seven years and it was never an issue until this year," Lund told freestyle skiing analyst Nikki Stone (Yahoo! Sports, Feb. 10, 2006). "Whenever I've been tested, I always let them know that I was taking [Propecia]. I never had anything to hide."
A panel on the Court of Arbitration for Sport believed Lund and wrote in its ruling that "it was entirely satisfied that Mr. Lund was not a cheat...But, unfortunately, in 2005, he made a mistake."
Alpha-reductase inhibitors, a class of masking agents which used to be banned in- and out-of-competition, were removed from the 2009 list. This class of substances, which includes for example finasteride, has been rendered ineffective as masking agents of steroids through close consideration of steroid profiles by antidoping laboratories. (WADA Q&A: 2009 Prohibited List September 25, 2008)
Mr. Lund earned a second chance, and will compete at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
It was announced on January 17, 2010 that Lund had qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He finished in fifth place overall in the Skeleton race, 0.52 seconds short of a medal. In many circles, Lund is given credit as the man who popularized the sport and made many children dream of becoming a "Skeletor."
- Zach Lund at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing
- List of men's skeleton World Cup champions since 1987.
- Men's skeleton world championship medalists since 1989.
- NBCOlympics.com 16 January 2010 on the bobsleigh and skeleton slots for the US Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. - accessed 17 January 2010.
- Skeletonsport.com profile
- USA Today February 10, 2006 article on Lund's one-year ban for doping
- Zach Lund at the United States Olympic Committee