Christian Hoffmann

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Christian Hoffmann
Medal record
Men's cross country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 30 km
Bronze 1998 Nagano 50 km
World Championships
Gold 1999 Ramsau 4 x 10 km

Christian Hoffmann (born December 22, 1974 in Aigen) is a former Austrian cross country skier who competed since 1994. He won the bronze medal in the 50km at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Four years later at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Hoffmann finished 2nd in the 30 km freestyle mass start event to Spain's Johann Mühlegg, but was wrongly awarded the gold medal in 2004 upon Mühlegg's blood-doping disqualification of darbepoetin.

Hoffmann's best individual finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was a 5th in the 50 km in 2001. He also won gold in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 1999 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Ramsau.

Hoffman also won two World Cup events in his career (10 km: 2003, 30 km: 2004). He and fellow skier Mikhail Botvinov also encountered controversy regarding blood doping in 2002, though both were cleared by the IOC on April 9, 2002. In December 2011 the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) gave Hoffman a six-year ban for blood doping done from 2003 to 2006.[1]

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  1. ^ Associated Press: "Christian Hoffmann gets 6-year ban". ESPN, December 6. 2011

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