After four-year doping ban, Austrian cross-country skier returns to World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 15, 2010 11:47 am

It’s been a long four years for Austrian cross-country skier Jurgen Pinter.  In 2006, he was accused of doping after the International Ski Federation found large amounts of blood-doping products and equipment in his quarters in Turin during the 2006 Games.

He was banned from the Olympics for life, along with four other cross-country skiers. Additionally, the Austrian Olympic Committee was fined US$ 1 million. Pinter always denied any wrong doing, and now, after a four-year ban from the World Cup, he’s ready for action once again. He has been training extensively during the ban.

The 31-year-old said “A comeback had only been doubtful for a short time. I decided to continue my career shortly after the ban had been announced,” Pinter said. “Next year’s world championships in Oslo are my goal.”

He has never won a World Cup event, although he did win bronze in the 30K race at the 2005 national championships.