Carolina Kostner set for figure skating return

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Italian Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner is entered in a free skate-only Jan. 15 event in Japan with several retired figure skaters, potentially her first event following a 21-month suspension.

Kostner’s name is among 10 listed for the Medal Winners Open in Osaka, Japan. Eight of the other nine skaters have retired from competition, and the other, four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, is not skating competitively this season and might never again.

Kostner is eligible to return to competition on Jan. 1 after serving a backdated 21-month suspension for helping ex-boyfriend and Olympic race-walking champion Alex Schwazer evade drug testers in 2012.

The Osaka event will aid Kostner in a possible bid for eligibility to compete in the World Championships in March and April, according to The Associated Press.

Kostner said this fall that she hoped to return to competition.

”The desire is there, and it includes also obviously a possible Olympics,” Kostner, 28, said on Oct. 6, according to The Associated Press.

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.

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