Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle

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 relay: 2002) and three silvers (Individual sprint: 2002, 4 × 5 km relay: 2006, 2010).

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
Evi Sachenbacher Stehle Stockholm 2007.jpg
Sachenbacher-Stehle in Stockholm, 2007
Country Germany
Born (1980-11-27) 27 November 1980 (age 39)
Traunstein, West Germany
Height162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Ski clubWSV Reit im Winkl
World Cup career
Seasons19992011, 2014
Individual wins3
Team wins7
Indiv. podiums12
Team podiums25
Indiv. starts228
Team starts42
Overall titles0 – (4th in 2003, 2006)
Discipline titles0

Sachenbacher-Stehle has also won six medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a gold (4 × 5 km relay: 2003) and four silvers (5 km + 5 km double pursuit: 2003, team sprint: 2007 with Claudia Künzel-Nystad, 4 × 5 km relay: 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.

She received a five-day suspension at the beginning of the 2006 Winter Olympics due to a high hemoglobin level.[1] 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.

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.[2] 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.[3] On 6 January 2013 she achieved the first IBU Cup podium, finishing second in the 7.5 km sprint in Otepää.[4] As of January 2014, her best individual performance in a World Cup race remains sixth place in 7.5 km sprint in Sochi on 10 March 2013. She finished fourth 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.[5][6] She was stripped of her Olympic accreditation, and her results were annulled. In July 2014, she was banned for two years for doping.[7] 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.[8] However shortly afterwards she announced her retirement from the sport in an interview on the television programme Sportschau.[9]

She married German alpine skier Johannes Stehle in July 2005.

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[10]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 5 medals – (2 gold, 3 silver)
 Year   Age   10 km   15 km   Pursuit  30 km   Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2002 21 18 12 Silver Gold N/A
2006 25 20 N/A 13 Silver 5
2010 29 12 N/A 11 4 Silver Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

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

World CupEdit

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Discipline standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
1999 19 44 N/A 40 N/A 51 N/A N/A N/A
2000 20 29 N/A 48 54 38 N/A N/A N/A
2001 21 43 N/A N/A N/A 41 N/A N/A N/A
2002 22 16 N/A N/A N/A 4 N/A N/A N/A
2003 23 4 N/A N/A N/A 9 N/A N/A N/A
2004 24 11 12 N/A N/A 13 N/A N/A N/A
2005 25 14 13 N/A N/A 31 N/A N/A N/A
2006 26 4 5 N/A N/A 19 N/A N/A N/A
2007 27 9 14 N/A N/A 18 N/A 8 N/A
2008 28 10 10 N/A N/A 11 N/A 8 17
2009 29 17 17 N/A N/A 29 N/A DNF 8
2010 30 16 13 N/A N/A 39 N/A DNF 13
2011 31 60 40 N/A N/A NC DNF
2014 34 NC NC N/A N/A DNF

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 3 victories – (3 WC)
  • 12 podiums – (12 WC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2001–02 27 December 2001   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 0.7 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
2 2002–03 23 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 5 km F Individual World Cup 1st
3 12 February 2003   Reit im Winkl, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
4 22 March 2003   Falun, Sweden 5 km + 5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 2nd
5 2003–04 29 November 2003   Rukatunturi, Finland 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 3rd
6 24 February 2004   Trondheim, Norway 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
7 2005–06 15 December 2005   Canmore, Canada 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
8 8 March 2006   Falun, Sweden 5 km + 5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 1st
9 11 March 2006   Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup 3rd
10 19 March 2006   Sapporo, Japan 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 3rd
11 2007–08 1 March 2008   Lahti, Finland 1.2 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
12 2009–10 1 March 2008   Rybinsk, Russia 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 2nd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 7 victories – (4 RL, 3 TS)
  • 25 podiums – (19 RL, 6 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 1998–99 26 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 3rd Bauer / Roth / Wille
2 2001–02 10 March 2002   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Henkel / Bauer / Künzel
3 2002–03 24 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Bauer / Künzel
4 8 December 2002     Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Henkel / Bauer / Künzel
5 19 January 2003   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Bauer / Henkel / Künzel
6 19 January 2003   Asiago, Italy 6 × 1.4 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Künzel
7 23 March 2003   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Henkel / Bauer / Künzel
8 2003–04 23 November 2003   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Böhler / Künzel
9 7 December 2003   Dobbiaco, Italy 6 × 0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Künzel
10 14 December 2003     Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Böhler / Henkel / Künzel
11 11 January 2004   Otepää, Estonia 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Bauer / Künzel
12 15 February 2004   Oberstdorf, Germany 6 × 0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Künzel
13 2004–05 24 November 2004   Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Henkel
14 21 November 2004   Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd  Böhler / Reschwam Schulze / Künzel 
15 12 December 2004   Lago di Tesero, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Künzel / Böhler
16  2005–06  20 November 2005   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Böhler / Künzel
17 15 February 2004   Sapporo, Japan 6 × 0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Künzel-Nystad
18 2006–07 19 November 2006   Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Zeller / Künzel-Nystad
19 17 December 2006   La Clusaz, France 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Böhler / Bauer / Künzel-Nystad
20 25 March 2007   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Bauer / Böhler / Künzel-Nystad
21 2007–08 25 November 2007   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Böhler / Zeller / Künzel-Nystad
22 9 December 2007     Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Henkel / Zeller / Böhler
23 24 February 2008   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Böhler / Zeller / Künzel-Nystad
24 2009–10 1 March 2008   Rybinsk, Russia 6 × 0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Böhler
25 7 March 2010   Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Fessel / Zeller / Gössner

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

Overall recordEdit

Result Distance Races[a] Sprint Ski
Tours
Individual
Events
   Team Events[11] All Events
≤ 5 km[b] ≤ 10 km[b] ≤ 15 km[b] ≤ 30 km[b] ≥ 30 km[b] Pursuit[c] Team Sprint Relay
1st place 1 1 1 3 3 4 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 6 19 37
Top 10 4 22 7 9 17 19 3 81 12 28 121
Points 13 61 17 11 27 63 4 196 14 29 239
Others 5 8 1 1 2 14 31 31
DNF 1 4 5 5
Starts 18 69 19 12 29 77 8 232 14 29 275
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.

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.

Biathlon resultsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  2014 Sochi 20th 11th 27th DSQ DSQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Skiers suspended over blood tests". CNN. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle gets a spot in biathlon B-Team". International Ski Federation. 22 May 2012. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Ernüchternde Sachenbacher-Premiere" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Iourieva Celebrates Second Win". International Biathlon Union. 6 January 2013. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Biathletin Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle positiv getestet". Focus.de. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Sochi 2014: German athlete fails A sample drugs test". BBC Sport. 21 February 2014.
  7. ^ "German Olympic champion Evi Sachenbacher banned for doping". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  8. ^ Elser, Christopher (14 November 2014). "German Olympic Skier's Doping Ban Reduced by Sports Appeal Court". businessweek.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Biathlete Sachenbacher-Stehle announces retirement following doping case". dw.de. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle". skisport365.com. Ski Sport 365. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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