GENEVA – Downhill skier Breezy Johnson is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and has said she will not race during the incident, which could result in a two-year suspension.
“Out of respect for my fellow racers, I have decided not to race until this matter is resolved.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement on social media. Saturday after she did not start at the World Cup Downhill in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Johnson, 27, has finished on the podium seven times in World Cup races in recent years and is one of America's top-down hillers. She placed seventh at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where her teammate Lindsey Vonn won the bronze medal.
Mr Johnson said the investigation concerned “whereabouts” rules. This is an obligation for all elite athletes to inform anti-doping authorities where they can be found for one hour each day to provide samples without prior notice.
Players can be suspended for up to two years if they commit three violations within a 12-month period, such as failing to take a test or failing to update accurate location information.
“I am and always will be a clean athlete,” Johnson said, adding that the USADA lawsuit is still in its early stages.
She got instant support from superstar teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who won Saturday's St. Moritz downhill.
“We have your back, Breezy.” Ms. Shiffrin wrote a reply. To Mr. Johnson's social media post.
For U.S. players, 18-month suspensions were common in missing person cases.
tennis player Jenson Brooksby was suspended for 18 months in October. And in 2021, sprinter Christian Coleman had his two-year ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Coleman's suspension means he will miss out on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, where he was the 100m world champion. He had been allowed to compete in the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar on technical grounds after an earlier compliance investigation into his whereabouts.
Johnson's ski racing career peaked in the year ending in December 2021, with three runner-up and four third-place finishes in the World Cup downhill.
She withdrew from the 2022 Beijing Olympics after injuring her knee three weeks before the start of the competition.