Otterstrom suspension reduced to two years |

Otterstrom suspension reduced to two years

COLORADO SPRINGS – The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Wednesday it revised the suspension of Breckenridge snowboarder Chad Otterstrom from lifetime to two years.

Otterstrom provided proof that his positive test for methylpheniate during the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix event Jan. 11 in Breck resulted from his use of a doctor-prescribed medication. Although the USADA, which administers drug testing for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), considers methylpheniate a performance-enhancer, it determined that Otterstrom did not take the drug to enhance performance. The original suspension was levied on April 2.

“We appreciate the fact that there is an appeals process so that an athlete in Chad’s situation can interact with USADA to appeal his or her sanction,” said USSA’s Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. “The ability for an athlete to appeal a sanction is an important element of a fair and open system. We support the process USADA has implemented in reaching its final decision.”

Otterstrom’s positive test in January was the second of his career. He received a three-month suspension in 2000. The current ban prevents Otterstrom from competing in USSA-sanctioned competitions for two years. Also, his first-place finish in the halfpipe contest at the Jan. 11 U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Breckenridge was revoked.

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