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Zach Lund's hair loss is no longer an issue

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It has to be tough being Zach Lund. In 2006, he was the world's best skeleton racer and about to fulfill a promise he made to his mother when he was 15, that someday he'd be an Olympian.

But hours before the Turin Opening Ceremony, Lund was banned from the Games. He tested positive for finasteride, or, as you may know it, Propecia. Yep, he was banned for not wanting to be bald.

He's back this year, with a lot less hair. If you ask me, that's the tough part.

While it's a triumph of wills that Lund could return to the Olympics, every story about him now focuses on the fact that he's bald. Lund has said that he started losing his hair in high school, when kids are at their meanest. Now, 15 years later, he has to deal with question after question about how his baldness cost him the Olympics. That has to be grating.

Lund is taking it all in stride, though, telling the Deseret News: "Now that I'm here, I'm on top of the world. It hasn't been easy, and I had to work hard to make it back. But I realize I'm so lucky to be here and to be competitive." Good on him.

Plus he looks way tougher with no hair. Win-win.

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