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Hamilton to endorse muscle stimulation products

10/8/2004

NEW YORK -- U.S. cyclist Tyler Hamilton signed a multiyear
deal to endorse a line of muscle stimulation products, even while
facing a two-year ban from racing because he failed a doping test.
Compex Technologies, a New Brighton, Minn.-based company
specializing in products designed for pain relief and muscle
rehabilitation, said Hamilton has been using its products regularly
since this spring.
Hamilton faces a possible ban because of a positive blood test
at the Spanish Vuelta race two weeks after the Olympics. His Phonak
team said both samples he provided there showed evidence he had
received an endurance-boosting blood transfusion.
Hamilton also had a preliminary positive test at the Athens
Games, but the IOC dropped its probe because the cyclist's backup
specimen mistakenly was frozen and there weren't enough red blood
cells left to analyze. That meant Hamilton was able to keep his
Olympic gold medal.
The former University of Colorado skier insists he is innocent
and has vowed to clear his name.
Marshall Masko, vice president of marketing and sales for
Compex, said Friday the company is not worried about Hamilton's
positive doping test.
"The jury is still out on all of that, so that does not concern
us," Masko said. "We have been working with him since early
spring. He has used these products regularly since April."
Compex products are designed to help speed muscle recovery after
training or competition. Masko said other athletes who endorse
Compex products include skier Hermann Maier, Olympic tennis
champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and two-time Olympic swimming
champion Alexander Popov.
Hamilton said in a statement released by Compex that he has used
the company's electro-muscle stimulation products to help in his
training.
"I have been using Compex Sport throughout the season to help
my body recover from long training rides and back-to-back races,"
he said.