Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Carolina Kostner 'angry' at Schwazer, but admires courage


(ANSA) - Bolzano, August 20 - Italy's figure-skating world
champion Carolina Kostner on Monday said she was very angry at
her boyfriend Alex Schwazer for doping ahead of the 50km walk
event at the London Games, but she said she still admires him.
"Alex as an athlete made a huge mistake and there is no
doubt about how angry I am," she said. "As a person I've seen
him suffer, especially in this last period. I admire him a lot
for his courage, for having to admit his mistakes in front of
the whole world".
Days before Schwazer was to compete at the Olympics in
London earlier this month, test results showed traces of the
blood-boosting hormone EPO in his urine, excluding him from the
50km walk.
Schwazer won gold in the event at the 2008 Games in
Beijing, something he says he achieved without
performance-enhancing drugs.
"When Alex won the gold in Beijing, it was on the front
pages for just one day, whereas the (doping story) stayed there
for an entire week," said Kostner.
Schwazer has said that Kostner knew nothing about his EPO
use, which he says he tried for the first time just before
failing the drug test.
His mother has said that he was in a suicidal "black hole"
in the run-up to the Games amid the heavy pressure to win.
Kostner on Monday said he was overcoming his "demons".
"I know Alex will pay a heavy price for his mistakes," she
said. "But I also know he will find his way now that he has
freed himself from the demons in his mind. I hope the free
person I met four years ago will come back".

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