Speedskating champ Pechstein allowed to continue pursuing lawsuit
MUNICH — Five-time Olympic speedskating champion Claudia Pechstein has won a major victory in her long legal battle with the International Skating Union over a doping ban.
A Munich court on Thursday allowed her to proceed with a lawsuit seeking damages from the ISU.
The Munich state court ruled against the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which had supported a two-year ban imposed on Pechstein in 2009 despite her denials of doping.
The Munich ruling potentially opens the door for other athletes to go to a civil court rather than accept CAS decisions.
Pechstein called the ruling "a great day for me" and a victory "worth more than all my Olympic medals together."
With a total of nine Olympic medals, Pechstein is Germany’s most decorated Winter Olympian. She still competes at age 42.