Skiing: Olympic champion allegedly used blood doping
VIENNA — Prosecutors in Austria are investigating possible blood doping by 2002 Olympic cross-country ski champion Christian Hoffmann.
Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service spokesman Gerald Tatzgern told the Austria Press Agency on Sunday that prosecutors have “reasonable suspicion” that the 34-year-old Hoffmann was involved in illegal blood enrichment.
According to the Kurier newspaper’s Sunday edition, Hoffmann allegedly colluded with cyclists Bernhard Kohl and Michael Rasmussen and Kohl’s former manager Stefan Matschiner. He was arrested in March and has admitted he helped Kohl with blood doping. Hoffmann has denied any wrongdoing.
Hoffmann won gold in the 30-kilometer race at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.