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Carolina Kostner to return to figure skating next season

Her suspension ended for helping her ex-boyfriend evade doping controls, Olympic bronze medallist Carolina Kostner says she will return to figure skating competition in September.

Italian suspended for helping ex-boyfriend evade doping controls

Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner smiles during a press conference in Rome Thursday. The former world champion announced she will return to competition in September after completing a suspension for helping her ex-boyfriend evade doping controls. (Alessandra Tarantino/The Associated Press)

Her suspension ended for helping her ex-boyfriend evade doping controls, Olympic bronze medallist Carolina Kostner says she will return to figure skating competition in September.

The Italian told a news conference on Thursday that returning any earlier would be premature and that she would resume competing when the new season opens.

Kostner resumed a full training regime in November, and was eligible to return to competition in January. She finished second in a sanctioned invitational in Japan last month, 12 points behind Canadian Joannie Rochette.

Kostner has said she hopes to compete in another Olympics.

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