Carolina Kostner banned for 16 months

In an earlier post, I mentioned that trouble was brewing for Carolina Kostner who may have helped an ex-boyfriend avoid a doping test. Recently, it has been revealed that Carolina has been banned from competition for 16 months but according news sources (here and here), she will be appealing the decision in the Court for Arbitration for Sport.

Carolina Kostner - Euros 2012 LP

The ban ends on May 15, 2016 but it does not prevent Carolina from participating in skating shows. Theoretically, it also means that Carolina could compete at the 2018 Pyeongcheng Olympics, though whether she wants to or would be competitive enough to win a medal is a completely different question. Overall, other than being a detriment to her brand and image, I don’t think this ban will affect Carolina’s career or ladies’ figure skating too much. Still, I hope the truth comes out and everything is resolved for the sake of sportsmanship.

What do you think of Carolina’s situation?

~The Rinkside Cafe