Biathlete Sachenbacher-Stehle banned for doping
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has been banned for two years for a doping offence at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The International Biathlon Union says in a statement that the 33-year-old Sachenbacher-Stehle’s ban is retrospective from Feb. 17 — the date she tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
The samples were taken after she had finished fourth in the biathlon mass start.
Sachenbacher-Stehle said at the time she had taken the substance inadvertently in a dietary supplement provided by a private nutritionist.
She was sent home from the Olympics and her fourth place finish nullified.
The IBU says the offense was “not contested by the athlete.”
Sachenbacher-Stehle won two Olympic golds and three silvers in cross-country before switching to biathlon in 2012.