Austrian skier claims innocence in doping case

Austrian skier Hans Knauss told a panel of investigators from skiing's world governing body that tainted supplements made him test positive for steroids, according to his lawyer.

Knauss presented his case to an International Ski Federation (FIS) panel Thursday in Oberstdorf, Germany, his lawyer Christian Flick told the Associated Press.

Knauss, 33, was provisionally suspended last month by FIS after testing positive for nandrolone at a November World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alta.

"The main aim of this meeting was to avoid the worst-case scenario of a two-year ban," Flick told AP.

A two-year competition ban is the usual penalty for athletes found guilty of a doping infraction.

Flick said Knauss presented his training and nutrition schedules, "to prove Hans' innocence."

"He is optimistic about the outcome which we will learn in the next few days, maximum weeks," added Flick.

Knauss has captured seven gold medals on the World Cup circuit over his 14-year career.

with files from Canadian Press