Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Carolina Kostner “is extraneous from the entire case,” her lawyer said after Kostner was questioned over four hours in a doping hearing concerning her ex-boyfriend and Olympic race-walking champion Alex Schwazer.
“Carolina cleared up all the doubts there were to clear up, and I think the anti-doping prosecutor was very satisfied on all accounts,” said Giovanni Fontana, Kostner’s lawyer, according to The Associated Press. “She didn’t cover up anything for anyone.”
Kostner, 27 and the second-oldest women’s figure skating medalist since 1928, previously announced she is sitting out the 2014-15 season. Kostner also won bronze at the World Championships in March.
She risks a ban if she’s found to have aided Schwazer’s doping.
The 2008 Olympic champion Schwazer tested positive for EPO in 2012, was excluded from the London Olympics and banned for four years.
Kostner was with Schwazer in at least one instance where Schwazer met a banned doctor who used to work with Lance Armstrong — Michele Ferrari — but her attorney said Kostner didn’t know who Ferrari was and that she did not know Schwazer doped.