Alex Schwazer, former Italian walker twice suspended for doping use, describes his darkest years in his autobiography: After The Finish. In Beijing 2008 he achieved the Olympic victory in the 50 km walk. After the fall, doping, disqualification, the attempt to return to professionalism and the clash with the international authorities who did not allow him to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
In the book, Alex talks about the doping experience. He said: "I was a drug addict, I was going to Turkey to dop myself. Innsbruck-Vienna, Vienna-Antalya. I told Carolina Kostner and my parents that I would go to Rome, to Fidal.
I kept my cell phone on even at night, to to prevent the message from the Turkish telephone company from being sent out. I was already thinking as an addict. Or rather, I was unreasonable. And I was ready to lie, because taking drugs also means lying.
It is not the confession of a devil nor the apology of an angel. Who wants to read the biography of a sinless man must choose another, not mine. Regarding his former girlfriend, figure skater Carolina Kostner, he said: "She sent me a message to invite me to a party in Ortisei, for the silver in Gothenburg: her first, real, great success.
We still didn't know each other. I replied that I had to train and, in order not to make a bad impression, I offered to go and see her in Turin. After a pizza and two bottles drank almost alone, I spilled the drink on her.
We made five in the morning in tune. My loneliness was very similar to hers. " About his wife Kathrin Freund he said: "I've known her for a lifetime, Kathi. I always thought she was the most beautiful girl in Vipiteno.
More than once I had taken the first step, with no luck. She spoke to me for a few minutes, then disappeared. and he didn't show up again for the rest of the evening."
Oscar Pistorius towards probation?
Oscar Pistorius could soon be released on parole.
The South African Paralympic champion has already served half his sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot his 29-year-old girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.
The athlete fired four times at the bathroom door, hitting Reeva locked inside her. Pistorius was found guilty on appeal of voluntary murder and was sentenced in 2017 to 13 years and five months in prison, a sentence more than doubled from the first degree.
As early as July, the 34-year-old Pistorius had already served the minimum period of prison required to apply for parole. From the prison department of South Africa, it is learned that in October Pistorius could have held a preliminary interview with the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, an integral part of the evaluation on probation.
But that meeting jumped because, as Steenkamp's lawyer explained, they had not been informed about the procedures to be followed. Furthermore, the South African prison services were supposed to hold preliminary talks with the victim, or in this case the victim's parents, and with the detainee, but they were postponed until a later date.
And the report by the psychologist and social workers on Pistorius is also missing. Tania Koen, a lawyer for the Steenkamp family, said: "Half of the sentence must have been served to get probation. For Pistorius, the terms expired in July, but that doesn't mean he automatically has the right to be released."
Pistorius, on Valentine's night in 2013, in Pretoria, through the closed door of the bathroom of the house adjacent to her bedroom, fired four shots at her girlfriend, killing her. He claimed to have heard thieves break into the house, but in 2017 he was found guilty of voluntary homicide, with a penalty more than doubled compared to the first instance sentence.