Skier Wins Money from Makers of Bad Supplement

Austrian downhill skier Hans Knauss found himself bounced from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games after a 2004 positive test for 19-norandrosterone found in a supplement sold to him by a ‘friend’ affiliated with Ultimate Nutrition, a U.S.-based company. This ingredient, however, did not appear on the contents list on the package.

Hans Knauss

(No, don’t eat the snow, Hans; it’s obviously chock full of tainted urine!)

Knauss took his anger and shame full speed at Ultimate Nutrition for their unclean supplement, apparently feeling that unlisted ingredients aren’t a bonus like cereal giveaways. He sued the pants off Ultimate Nutrition, reportedly receiving a hefty sum for his failed ambitions this week in a settlement.

Knauss acknowledges that he should have been more careful with what he put in his body, though we’re not sure if he also admits that buying a bag’o'goodies from the back of a friend’s truck may not have been the path to Olympic glory, either. Still, this is the second case lost by Ultimate Nutrition for tainted supplements; they paid a half-million dollars to an American swimmer in 2003.

We don’t know if the FDA had any authority here since the product was sold overseas from a U.S. company, but we do know they would have begged out anyway, thanks to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. (It’s not a drug! It’s not a food! We’re not really administering anything!)

And we’d feel derilict in our duties if we didn’t mention that he tested positive again in 2005 for nandrolone, which he also blamed on supplement use. Maybe you should stick to Carnation Instant Breakfast, Hans.

It seems rather worldly of us to end on this video, pointing out how Knauss must have felt after finding out about Ultimate Nutrition’s sins against him:

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