Hütthaler admits and accuses
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Fri Mar 27 2009
In a stunning 2 page interview with the newspaper, Hütthaler talked about the doping, how she got started, some of the people behind the network and her reasons for talking now.
"I have made this decision because I miss the sport very much. And because I am sick of all the lies," said Hütthaler when the Kurier asked about her reasons to come clean now. "I can't change what has already happened. But I can help out so that it gets better some time. It is not easy. I am afraid and am considering moving to another country."
In the interview with the Kurier, Hütthaler also said that she was introduced to the world of doping at age 18 by her former almost 40-year old boyfriend / coach / age-group athlete. "All of it always sat around at the house of my former boyfriend. There were insulin syringes, there was ephedrin, he had EPO in the fridge," describes Hütthaler. When asked by the Kurier why an amateur athlete would have performance enhancing drugs, Hütthaler responded with "Because they want to drop their best friend. Many amateur athletes dope. Many. In every type of sports. There are many doctors. They have money. The most expensive material alone doesn't make you faster."
Hütthaler also described to the Kurier how she was introduced to Stefan Matschiner by Irondoc Andreas Zoubek in May of 2007. "Zoubek, who I knew from triathlon, said that there is someone who knows a lot about doping and plays in a different league. I sat next to Zoubek in the St.-Anna-Kinderspital, where I had been quite often. He called Matschiner and arranged the meeting. Until then, I had never heard the name Matschiner," said Hütthaler.
According to the interview in the Kurier, Matschiner then supplied Hütthaler on six different occasions with EPO until she was found positive in 2008.
In the interview, Hütthaler also accused Stefan Matschiner of assisting her with blood doping, and also explained one of the cover-up tricks. "He drew blood from me twice. But only once was it reintroduced into the body. ... I know that Matschiner gave me a different name for cover-up. Cinderella. He wrote Cindy on the blood bag."
According to Hütthaler, Zoubek was apparently more than just an intermediary. "He (Zoubek) injected Epo into me once at the St.-Anna-Kinderspital. In his office. I just walked up there. He then locked the door." added Hütthaler.
Original story: Kurier.at
Stefan Matschiner, the now infamous former manager of disgraced Tour de France star Bernhard Kohl was arrested Monday night in Austria as he returned from a trip to the USA, reports the Kurier. 3.31.09
After the Austrian doping stories involving Irondoc Dr. Andreas Zoubek, pro triathlete Lisa Hütthaler, and road pro Bernhard Kohl, we now have the former road pro turned triathlete Hannes Hempel in the not so desirable limelight. 6.17.09
Following in the footsteps of cycling, the International Triathlon Union initiates a biological passport testing program last month, designed to catch blood doping 7.28.10
We're at the beginning of what may be another momentous news week in the Armstrong doping affair, this publisher of this online magazine expresses his views on doping. 10.01.12
Terenzo Bozzone had a tough fight on his hands at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Miami event, but in the end came away as the winner. 2012 Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave stormed to the win in the women's race. 10.28.12
Terenzo Bozzone and Leanda Cave won the Ironman 70.3 Miami event a few days ago but the loudest noise about the event is not about the winners, but rather the runner-up in the women’s race – Austrian Pro Lisa Hütthaler. 10.31.12
Spurred by an incident at the recent Miami 70.3, World Triathlon Corporation has amended, or at least clarified, its position on what constitutes Unauthorized Assistance. 11.26.12
Austrian Pro Hannes Hempel had his 4-year doping ban cut short in early January of 2012, but now tri-mag.de reports that this former pro cyclist has tested positive for testosterone on March 8th of this year. 4.25.13
Spanish newspapers El Mundo and Marca reported today that Spanish triathlete Virginia Berasategui tested positive during the Bilbao Triathlon held on May 18th 2013. Berasategui won that Half distance event in 4:49:23. 6.15.13
About a month after testing positive at the 2013 Bilbao Triathlon, Virginia Berasatagui called a press conference today and confessed to having doped recently, and said she will thus forgo pursuing the B sample. 6.26.13
At the recent 70.3 European Champs Lisa Hütthaler apologized to Tamsin Lewis and several other pros for transgressions of the past. Lisa also talked to slowtwitch about her regrets and how she is a changed person. 8.27.13
Austrian pediatrician and Ironman triathlete Dr. Andreas Zoubek recently earned a slot in the Hawaiian Ironman, but he's since been accused of running a doping ring. Read about triathlon, EPO, envy and intrigue. 12.15.08
In 2008, triathlon may or may not have had its best moments in history, but it had two very different epic performances at the Olympics, giants retired and passed from the scene, youth and age shined bright. Plus there were moments of comedy and perfidy as well. 1.11.09
Reviewed by: Chris, Jun 21 2009 4:31AM
Call for tests
Reviewed by: Howard, Mar 30 2009 5:56AM
Reviewed by: Tony Verow MD, Mar 28 2009 8:12AM