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“Many think I am crazy, but I will never give up’

Skater Claudia Pechstein (46) fight for almost ten years at dopingbeschuldigingen

“Many think I am crazy, but I will never give up’

On her 46th does Claudia Pechstein still with the better. The German schaatst on class – everyone is agreed – and doping – some say – and anger – she says.

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Claudia Pechstein: “Many see me would rather not skating. That motivates me even more.’ belgaimage

Skater Claudia Pechstein (46) fight for almost ten years at dopingbeschuldigingen

“Many think I am crazy, but I will never give up’

On her 46th does Claudia Pechstein still with the better. The German schaatst on class – everyone is agreed – and doping – some say – and anger – she says.

Other women on the age that still shone

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Hans Jacobs

BrusselHet international schaatswereldje from today halt in the Polish Tomaszow Mazowiecki, for the third world cup race of the season. In the wereldbekerstand on the long-distance state at the women one Claudia Pechstein still. Even after seven Olympic Games wants to be the most successful German wintersportatlete of no districts know. The time that the former athlete from the East German DDR unapproachable and olympic medals and world CHAMPIONSHIPS-paste piling up, is over. But the five-time olympic champion, is still her little man between the top.

Despite the error which has now had almost ten years of her career draws. At least, error or not, that are already some of the processes conducted, several experts of the genre. It is a long lasting co-nietesgevecht where the gebakkelei about the Migratiepact and or Charles Michel or not, to Marrakech, to turn pale.

What is it? The soap opera begins in 2009, as the German anomalous blood values are determined. As one of the first athletes is that they are not suspended on the basis of a positive doping test, but on the basis of what, in the judicial jargon-established as circumstantial evidence, indirect evidence, in this case for blood doping. They disputed her blood. Only, she says, that are genetically determined, and thus there is no problem. They tweet right away: Ich habe nicht shelled! I have no doping taken. The story of her life, in four words, with exclamation mark. The international schaatsfederatie ISU has no ears to.

“If I stop, I’ll give those thugs of the international schaatsbond equal”

Pechstein claims more than 5 million euros from the ISU. The – provisionally – last episode in the story: in October of this year, the European Court of Human Rights, its reasoning is not that the sportrechtbank BAG not independent and biased judges. However, they are entitled to 8,000 euros, because her hearing at that BAG wasn’t public.

That compensation, which is a fraction of what it demands, will Pechstein sausage creature. They especially want the lord of the ISU convince you that they never doping has taken and that the suspension was unjustified. Though the designation ‘the lord’ something flattering, so find them. “I will never give up, already, many think that I am crazy. But I don’t want to give up. Otherwise, those thugs of the ISU their large alike met. I don’t want that.’

Thought of suicide

That makes Pechstein pretty clearly if they are last year’s silver wins at the world CHAMPIONSHIP distances. Symbolically, she put everyone to silence, by her index finger on her mouth to explain, and while ostentatiously looking at the directors of the ISU. ‘Everyone knew what I meant by that.’ Since then, she repeats that gesture occasionally.

Her dopingstrijd has her fortunes cost – hence the immense damages. Her battle has given her almost to suicide, and led, as she writes in her biography Von Gold und Blut, gold and blood. Subtitled: My life between Olympus and hell.

She is not really loved in the snelschaatsmilieu. She has since several years a team: Team Pechstein, the internationals, with some male training partners.

She lives for years at variance with dopinginstanties. Screamed her frustration as a day at 6.30 am in the morning and again at 21.10 pm that day, the dopingcontroleur the door for a blood draw. “I’m sick of that crap. To all the insane dopingspeurneuzen: you can be me nor my heart break.’ Pechstein wants to doping controls undergo, but demands an equal treatment. Her manager says that ” each blood collection is becoming a torture. You need the scars to see her veins.’ Pechstein, cynical: ‘I go by you until the doping control officers me you inhuman way, for the thousandth time checked.’

Pechstein speaks even about the next Olympics in Beijing in 2022, can they already be the mother of some of her concurrentes on the ice. “Many see me would rather not skating. That motivates me even more. I will fight to the end. Win or die, that’s my motto.’

Other women on the age that still shone

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Merlene Ottey was 52 when she was at the european CHAMPIONSHIP took part. Although not for the country of her birth, Jamaica, where sprintsters each other for the feet. For Slovenia, her afterwards in the arms. She was part of the 4x100m, the team of Slovenia. Individually took the multiple world champion and olympic medalist, just not the olympic final 100m when she was 44.

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Tennisfenomeen Martina Navratilova won her 49th, the US Open in the mixed doubles. Navratilova was almost 50 when she stopped, with fewer than 59 grand slam titles (18 if enkelspeelsters, 31 as dubbelspeelster and 10 in mixed doubles).

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Swimmer Dara Torres just missed out on her 45th on its after the Olympics. And that in the United States, one of the largest zwemlanden in the world with a cutthroat competition. In the trials, she’s got it just not. On five Olympic Games, she won four olympic titles, four times silver and four times bronze.

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Who was in the 2011 time-trial champion in France at the women? Jeannie Longo, in her 52nd. The Frenchwoman won 58 national titles (and an olympic title and two times silver and one time bronze). (hjb)

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