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Austria has its own « Lance Armstrong »

In March 2009, I wrote an entry on this blog trying to deal with the Austrian tradition of « Wegschauen » (look away). I focused on three stories at very different levels: the way the State wept of the Fritzl case avoiding any ground thoughts on how it could happen, the bank secrecy… and the way some Austrian officials dealt with doping. This last case calls today for an important update. Susanne Pumper (born 1970) was until 2008 one of the best long distance runners in the country. Lance Armstrong won seven times the Tour de France, Mrs Pumper’s best achievement was a second place at the 2005 European Indoor Championships (3000m). I ran with her in Vienna of the winter half marathons in March 2008 (organized by her track club, the LCC, probably the most well-known in Austria). At the arrival, she was submitted to a doping test. The test was positive and proved the presence of EPO in her blood. The reaction of her track club at this point was amazing enough to launch quite a few comments: Mrs Pumper got a promotion and was named in charge of the organization of the major LCC event, the Fall Marathon. At the same time, the trainer who ordered the doping test, Wilhelm Lilge, was fired, as well as his wife who also worked at the LCC. There were already many rumors in the case of Mrs Pumper and Lilge hoped to clean the image of his club by ordering a doping test, an idea which at the end did not bring the desired result. Six other female athletes from the LCC were to be convicted over doping, two Slovenians and four Austrians (Jolanda Ceplak , Helena Javornik, Lisa Hütthaler, Bettina Müller-Weissina, Stephanie Graf and more recently Eva Maria Gradwohl).  Lire la suite

25 août 2012 Posted by | Autriche, Sport | , , | Laisser un commentaire