Carolina Kostner eligible to compete Jan. 1

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Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner can compete starting Jan. 1 after her suspension for assisting then-boyfriend and Olympic race walking champion Alex Schwazer in covering up his doping was amended Monday.

It’s unknown whether Kostner, 28, seeks to compete again.

Her ban had been scheduled to end May 15, but it’s now up at the end of 2015 after she settled a dispute with doping authorities, according to the Italian Olympic Committee. The ban was increased to 21 months but then backdated to April 1, 2014.

The Olympic bronze medalist Kostner was originally given a 16-month ban last January after she admitted she lied to drug testers who showed up at her home in 2012, looking for Schwazer in order to perform a drug test. She said she told drug testers Schwazer was not there, per his request, even though she knew that he was present.

Kostner said before the Schwazer controversy that she would take the 2014-15 season off, after she won Olympic and World Championships bronze medals earlier in 2014.

In Sochi, she became the second oldest women’s figure skating medalist since 1928, according to sports-reference.com.

She owns six World Championships medals, including gold in 2012.

The 2008 Olympic champion Schwazer tested positive for EPO in 2012, was excluded from the London Olympics and banned for four years.

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