- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Cross-country skier Therese Johaug’s two-month provisional suspension has been extended until Feb. 19, Norway’s anti-doping agency said Friday.

Last year’s World Cup champion initially had been suspended until Sunday, but Anti-Doping Norway investigator Niels Kiaer said her ban was extended pending the outcome of her case.

Last month, the agency’s prosecution committee called for a 14-month ban on Johaug and filed charges to the Norwegian sports federation’s disciplinary committee, which will make a ruling. A verbal hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25-27.

The disciplinary committee’s decision can be appealed to a national appeals body or the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 28-year-old Johaug tested positive for clostebol, a steroid she said was in a lotion given to her by the team doctor to treat sunburn on her lips during high-altitude training in Italy in August.

Johaug recently told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK she was hoping to make it back for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Her provisional suspension would count toward the possible 14-month ban, making her eligible again in December 2017 - less than two months before the games.

Johaug won gold in the 4x5-kilometer relay at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and bronze and silver at the 2014 Sochi Games. She has won seven world championship gold medals and the overall World Cup title twice.

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