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Ban reduced, Kostner plans to return to competition

Olympic bronze medalist has eyes set on 2018 Olympic Winter Games
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Carolina Kostner was all smiles at a news conference Tuesday in Milan, Italy, as she announced her intent to return to competition. -Getty Images

Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner says she will return to competition after reaching an agreement with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have her suspension end Jan. 1, according to The Associated Press.

"The desire is there, and it includes also obviously a possible Olympics," Kostner said.

Kostner, one of the most decorated figure skaters in Italy's history, was banned for her role in helping her then boyfriend, Olympic race walk champion Alex Schwazer, evade drug testers.

As part of the agreement, Kostner's 16-month suspension was extended five months but then backdated to expire at the start of 2016. According to her lawyer, Kostner will also serve as a spokeswoman against doping.

Kostner did not lay out a specific plan for her return to the ice.

"Knowing that I can return to competition in 2016 gives me great strength and great serenity to make a decision," said Kostner, the 2012 world champion.