Biathlete Sachenbacher-Stehle banned for doping

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Biathlete Sachenbacher-Stehle banned for doping
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FILE - The Feb. 9, 2014 file photo shows Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle competing in the women's biathlon 7.5k sprint, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Sachenbacher-Stehle was tested positive on banned substances during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) -- German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has been banned for two years for a doping offence at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The International Biathlon Union says in a statement that the 33-year-old Sachenbacher-Stehle's ban is retrospective from Feb. 17 - the date she tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

The samples were taken after she had finished fourth in the biathlon mass start.

Sachenbacher-Stehle said at the time she had taken the substance inadvertently in a dietary supplement provided by a private nutritionist.

She was sent home from the Olympics and her fourth place finish nullified.

The IBU says the offense was ''not contested by the athlete.''

Sachenbacher-Stehle won two Olympic golds and three silvers in cross-country before switching to biathlon in 2012.