Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle

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Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
Evi Sachenbacher Stehle Stockholm 2007.jpg
Sachenbacher-Stehle at Stockholm in 2007
Born (1980-11-27) 27 November 1980 (age 36)
Traunstein, West Germany
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Ski club WSV Reit im Winkl
World Cup career
Seasons 19992011
Individual wins 3
Indiv. podiums 12
Overall titles 0 – (4th in 2003 and 2006)

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle (German pronunciation: [ˈeːfi ˈzaxənbaxɐˈʃteːlə]; born 27 November 1980) is a retired German cross-country skier and biathlete from Reit im Winkl who has competed since 1998. She was born in Traunstein, West Germany. Competing in three Winter Olympics, she won five medals with two golds (Team sprint: 2010, 4 × 5 km: 2002) and three silvers (Individual sprint: 2002, 4 × 5 km: 2006, 2010).

Sachenbacher-Stehle has also won six medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a gold (4 × 5 km: 2003) and four silvers (5 km + 5 km double pursuit: 2003, team sprint: 2007 with Claudia Künzel-Nystad, 4 × 5 km: 2009) and a bronze. She also has fourteen individual victories at various levels in distances up to 5 km in her career from 1998 to 2006.

From the 2012/2013 season, she switched to biathlon, citing motivational problems, and was given a slot in the German B-team. Members of the B-team are eligible to compete in IBU Cup races.[1] Her results in the IBU-Cup made her eligible to compete in the Biathlon World Cup. In her first World Cup race, on 14 December 2012 in Pokljuka, Sachenbacher-Stehle finished 59th.[2] On 6 January 2013 she achieved the first IBU Cup podium, finishing second in the 7.5 km sprint in Otepää.[3] As of January 2014, her best individual performance in a World Cup race remains 6th place in 7.5 km sprint in Sochi on 10 March 2013. She finished 4th in the 12.5 kilometre mass start biathlon competition of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games on 17 February 2014.

On 21 February 2014, it was confirmed that Sachenbacher-Stehle had tested positive for methylhexanamine during the Sochi Olympic Games.[4][5] She was stripped of her Olympic accreditation, and her results were annulled. In July 2014, she was banned for two years for doping.[6] In November 2014 it was announced that the Court of Arbitration for Sport had ruled that her ban should be cut to six months after she appealed, on the grounds that her failed test was due to contamination of food supplements.[7] However shortly afterwards she announced her retirement from the sport in an interview on the television programme Sportschau.[8]

She married German alpine skier Johannes Stehle in July 2005.

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[9]

Season standings[edit]

 Season  Age Overall Distance Sprint
1999 18 44 40[a] 51
2000 19 29 48[b] 54[b] 38
2001 20 43 N/A 41
2002 21 16 N/A 4
2003 22 4 N/A 9
2004 23 11 12 13
2005 24 14 13 31
2006 25 4 5 19
2007 26 9 14 18
2008 27 10 10 11
2009 28 17 17 29
2010 29 16 13 39
2011 30 60 40
a. 1 Awarded as "Long Distance World Cup".
b. 1 48th in the Long Distance World Cup.
    2 54th in the Middle Distance World Cup.

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 3 victories
  • 12 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2001–02 27 December 2001 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
2 2002–03 23 November 2002 Sweden Kiruna, Sweden 5 km F Individual World Cup 1st
3 12 February 2003 Germany Reit im Winkl, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
4 22 March 2003 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2x5 km M Pursuit World Cup 2nd
5 2003–04 29 November 2003 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 2x7.5 km M Pursuit World Cup 3rd
6 24 February 2004 Norway Trondheim, Norway 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
7 2005–06 15 December 2005 Canada Canmorel, Canada 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
8 8 March 2006 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2x5 km M Pursuit World Cup 1st
9 11 March 2006 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup 3rd
10 19 March 2006 Japan Sapporo, Japan 2x7.5 km M Pursuit World Cup 3rd
11 2007–08 1 March 2008 Finland Lahti, Finland 1.2 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
12 2009–10 1 March 2008 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 15 km M Pursuit World Cup 2nd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 7 victories
  • 25 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1998–99 26 February 1999 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Championships[a] 3rd (with Bauer / Roth / Wille)
2 2001–02 10 March 2002 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 3rd (with Henkel / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad)
3 2002–03 24 November 2002 Sweden Kiruna, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad)
4 8 December 2002  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 3rd (with Henkel / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad)
5 19 January 2003 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 1st (with Bauer / Henkel / Künzel-Nystad)
6 19 January 2003 Italy Asiago, Italy 6x1.4 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st (with Künzel-Nystad)
7 23 March 2003 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 1st (with Henkel / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad)
8 2003–04 23 November 2003 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel / Böhler / Künzel-Nystad)
9 7 December 2003 Italy Dobbiaco, Italy 6x0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd (with Künzel-Nystad)
10 14 December 2003  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Böhler / Henkel / Künzel-Nystad)
11 11 January 2004 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad)
12 15 February 2004 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 6x0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd (with Künzel-Nystad)
13 2004–05 24 November 2004 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6x0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd (with Henkel)
14 21 November 2004 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 3rd (with Böhler / Reschwam Schulze / Künzel-Nystad)
15 12 December 2004 Italy Lago di Tesero, Italy 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel / Künzel-Nystad / Böhler)
16 2005–06 20 November 2005 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel / Böhler / Künzel-Nystad)
17 15 February 2004 Japan Sapporo, Japan 6x0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st (with Künzel-Nystad)
18 2006–07 19 November 2006 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel / Zeller / Künzel-Nystad)
19 17 December 2006 France La Clusaz, France 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 1st (with Böhler / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad)
20 25 March 2007 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 1st (with Bauer / Böhler / Künzel-Nystad)
21 2007–08 25 November 2007 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Böhler / Zeller / Künzel-Nystad)
22 9 December 2007  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Henkel, Zeller, Böhler)
23 24 February 2008 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Böhler / Zeller / Künzel-Nystad)
24 2009–10 1 March 2008 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 6x0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st (with Böhler)
25 7 March 2010 Finland Lahti, Finland 4x5 km M Relay World Cup 2nd (with Fessel / Zeller / Gössner)
a. 1 1999 World Championship races are included in the 1998–99 World Cup scoring system.

Overall record[edit]

Result Distance Races[a] Sprint Ski
Tours
Individual
Events
Team Events All Events
≤ 5 km[b] ≤ 10 km[b] ≤ 15 km[b] ≤ 30 km[b] ≥ 30 km[b] Pursuit[c] Team Sprint Relay[d]
1st place 1 1 1 3 2 5 10
2nd place 2 2 4 3 10 17
3rd place 1 1 2 1 5 5 10
Podiums 1 1 1 5 4 12 5 20 37
Top 10 4 22 7 9 17 19 3 81 10 27 118
Points 13 61 17 11 27 63 4 196 11 27 234
Others 5 8 2[e] 1 2 14 4[f] 36 36
Starts 18 69 19 12 29 77 8 232 11 27 270
a. 1 Classification is made according to FIS classification.
b. 1 2 3 4 5 Includes individual and mass start races.
c. 1 Includes pursuit and double pursuit races.
d. 1 May be incomplete due to lack of appropriate sources prior to 2001.
e. 1 1 DNF (did not finish the race).
f. 1 Withdrawn from the tour (4 times).

Note: Until 1999 World Championships, World Championship races are part of the World Cup. Hence results from the 1999 World Championships are included in the World Cup overall record.

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  • 5 medals – (2 gold, 3 silver)

Cross Country Skiing[edit]

  Year    Age   10 km 
 individual 
 2x5 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
mass start
 30 km 
individual
 30 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4x5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2002 21 18 N/A 12 N/A 2 1 N/A
2006 25 20 N/A N/A N/A 13 2 5
2010 29 12 N/A 11 N/A N/A 4 2 1

Controversy[edit]

Sachenbacher received a five-day suspension at the beginning of the 2006 Winter Olympics due to a high hemoglobin level.[10] She was one of twelve athletes given five-day suspensions for health reasons – the International Ski Federation decided they could not safely compete due to an abnormally high red blood cell counts.

Biathlon[edit]

  Year    Age  Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed
Relay
2014 33 20 11 27 DSQ DSQ

Sachenbacher-Stehle was later disqulified after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

World Championship results[edit]

  • 6 medals – (1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
  Year    Age   5 km 
 individual 
 10 km 
 individual 
 2x5 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
mass start
 30 km 
individual
 30 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4x5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1999 18 23 N/A 25 N/A N/A N/A 3 N/A
2001 20 N/A N/A 31   CNX[a] N/A N/A
2003 22 N/A 2 N/A 6 N/A 5 1 N/A
2005 24 N/A 17 N/A N/A N/A 4
2007 26 N/A 6 N/A 4 N/A N/A 2 2
2009 28 N/A N/A 13 N/A N/A DNS 2 7
2011 30 N/A N/A 13 N/A N/A 13 5
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle gets a spot in biathlon B-Team". International Ski Federation. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ernüchternde Sachenbacher-Premiere" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iourieva Celebrates Second Win". International Biathlon Union. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biathletin Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle positiv getestet". Focus.de. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sochi 2014: German athlete fails A sample drugs test". BBC Sport. 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "German Olympic champion Evi Sachenbacher banned for doping". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Elser, Christopher (14 November 2014). "German Olympic Skier’s Doping Ban Reduced by Sports Appeal Court". businessweek.com. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Biathlete Sachenbacher-Stehle announces retirement following doping case". dw.de. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Skiers suspended over blood tests". CNN. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 

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