Chad Otterstrom, a 26-year-old Breckenridge professional snowboarder, was suspended for life Wednesday by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) because of a second doping violation.

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) supported the decision, which will prevent Otterstrom from competing in USSA contests and the Olympics.

“It’s always difficult for us to see any athlete receive a sanction for a doping violation,” said USSA Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. “It’s unfortunate for both the sport and the athlete, with both potentially being impacted by the violation. But as an athletic organization, we strongly support anti-doping measures worldwide in our sports, and we recognize and support the process USADA has implemented in reaching its decision.”

USADA is responsible for testing and adjudication based on the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) rules for the sport. USSA, as the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, is responsible for enforcing the sanctions issued by USADA.

According to an announcement Wednesday by USADA, Otterstrom, who won the men’s halfpipe at the Jan. 11 U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix stop in Breckenridge, tested positive for methylphenidate, a banned substance. It was his second doping violation. He had tested positive for methylphenidate at the same event in 2000 and received a 90-day sanction from FIS, which, at the time, was responsible for international adjudication. As a result of the recent offense, USADA issued a lifetime suspension as stipulated in the international doping rules.

USSA indicated that, as a result of USADA’s suspension, Otterstrom will be removed from the results of the Breckenridge event and any subsequent USSA/FIS sanctioned event in which he took part. The results of the Grand Prix will be adjusted, as will the series standings. The official winner of the event will now be Elijah Teter, who had been second.

According to USADA, Otterstrom failed to provide an explanation for the positive test, which may have allowed for a reduction in the suspension length.

Otterstrom refused to comment Wednesday night.

Bud Keene named U.S. Snowboard freestyle head coach

Bud Keene, a member of the 2002 Olympic snowboard coaching staff and assistant freestyle coach this past season, was named U.S. freestyle head coach on Wednesday. Keene replaces Heath Van Aken, who resigned. U.S. snowboarding head coach Peter Foley made the announcement

“Bud brings an amazing level of energy and knowledge to the team,” Foley said. “He is definitely the person we need to continue to improve and evolve the program.”

The team is still looking for an assistant freestyle coach.

Keene was a competitive snowboarder in the mid-1980s and began his coaching career in Vermont in 1989.

“I’m really psyched to move into the head coaching job,” he said. “I want U.S. riders to be the best in the world. That’s my goal. And with the depth of talent already in place, sweeps on both sides of the podium are completely possible for 2006.”

Keene and his wife Lucy live in Stowe, Vt., with their two boys, Zach, 11, and Kyle, 6.

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