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No doping proof against speedskater

8/24/2011

BERLIN -- Germany's speedskating association says the state prosecutor in Munich has found no evidence of doping against former Olympic speedskating champion Claudia Pechstein.

The association said Wednesday that no criminal offense was found in an investigation launched by the German Olympic Sports Union against suspected accomplices following Pechstein's two-year ban for suspected blood doping.

Searches of more than 20 premises and numerous testimonies failed to show any evidence of wrongdoing.

Pechstein said she was "not surprised ... where there is no doping offense, there can be no accomplices."

The 39-year-old Pechstein, who won nine medals at four Olympics, returned to racing in February after being banned for abnormal blood levels -- despite never failing a drug test.

She has always denied doping.