A former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner of Italy has been linked with notorious doping expert, Dr. Michele Ferrari. Kostner faces a proposed lengthy ban in the doping case involving her former boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer.
The Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor recommended Friday that Kostner be banned for four years and three months following on from a widespread doping inquiry set off when Schwazer tested positive for EPO before the 2012 London Games. Prosecutors believe she helped the walker avoid a drug test. Schwazer has admitted to consulting with the banned doctor.
In July 2012 USADA issued Ferrari a lifetime sports ban for numerous anti-doping violations including possession, trafficking, administration and assisting doping.
Amongst the extensive list of cyclists that Ferrari worked with were Lance Armstrong, Mario Cipollini, Claudio Chiappucci, Axel Merckx, Michael Rogers, Roman Kreuziger and Alexander Vinokourov.