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Report: Banned skier settles suit on tainted supplements

An Austrian skier who missed the 2006 Winter Games as a result of a positive drug test in 2004 has settled with a United States-based supplement company, which he sued for selling him a tainted product, the New York Daily News reported.

Hans Knauss, who won seven World Cup races between 1995 and 2003, including the Kitzbuhel downhill in 1999, sued Ultimate Nutrition Inc. of Farmington, Conn., in U.S. District Court, contending a supplement he bought from the company was tainted with banned steroids and resulted in a positive drug test.

The International Ski Federation reduced Knauss' two-year ban to 18 months, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport turned down his appeal, meaning he would miss the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

The case was about to go to trial when both parties agreed to a confidential settlement, the Daily News reported.

"I can tell you that Hans was very happy with the terms of the settlement, and he's looking forward to the next thing," said his U.S. attorney, Howard Jacobs, according to the report. "That's one of the things that doesn't get talked about. A lot of the athletes have positives not because they're trying to cheat. It's because of inadvertent things."

Ultimate Nutrition's vice president, Brian Rubino, told the newspaper, "All we're able to say is that the case has been settled."