Andrus Veerpalu tests positive for HGH

TALLINN, Estonia -- The Estonian Ski Association says former two-time Olympic champion Andrus Veerpalu tested positive for human growth hormone before the Nordic world championships in February.

Association spokesman Juri Jarv says both samples came back positive from a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory. Veerpalu denied the allegations Thursday.

The 40-year-old Veerpalu was tested in Estonia in late January while preparing for the championships in Norway.

Veerpalu retired at the end of February. He is a two-time world champion and won gold medals in the classical 15-kilometer races at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.