It’s official: Pechstein set for historic eighth Winter Olympics

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Claudia Pechstein is set to become the first woman to compete at eight Winter Olympics as the German speed skater was on Tuesday officially nominated for the upcoming Beijing Games. Pechstein, 49. is the most decorated German Winter Olympian with five gold medals,two silvers and two bronze. She is set to compete in the mass start event in China. Pechstein made her Games debut 1992 in Albertville and failed to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver amid a fight against a ban in connection with suspicious blood levels which went on for years and also to German courts. Pechstein was among the…

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