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Celebrated speed skater Pechstein attempts to overturn doping ban

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By Euronews
Celebrated speed skater Pechstein attempts to overturn doping ban

<p>Claudia Pechstein, Germany’s most decorated winter Olympian with five gold medals, is continuing her battle against a doping ban.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthday?src=hash">#HappyBirthday</a> to German speed skater Claudia Pechstein! <br /> <br /> She has won 5 Olympic gold medals!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomenCanDoAnything?src=hash">#WomenCanDoAnything</a> <a href="https://t.co/s4xj9N4mMc">pic.twitter.com/s4xj9N4mMc</a></p>— WomenCanDoAnything (@AnyWomanCan) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnyWomanCan/status/701768478131228672">February 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The speed skater was banned for doping by the International Skating Union in 2009. </p> <p>Pechstein has long protested her innocence and in January a German court overturned the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld the <span class="caps">ISU</span> verdict.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Claudia Pechstein: trade unions vouch for the fight of the Olympic champion <a href="http://t.co/dob3ll4yIL">http://t.co/dob3ll4yIL</a> <a href="http://t.co/OUZ6aJ2AWr">pic.twitter.com/OUZ6aJ2AWr</a></p>— nachrichten heute (@nachrichtenheut) <a href="https://twitter.com/nachrichtenheut/status/620790735361540097">July 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The decision allows the skater to challenge the doping ban and sue the <span class="caps">ISU</span> for €4.4m in loss of earnings. </p> <p>The case is being heard at Germany’s Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe.</p>