July 16, 2018
Athletes in Breach of Drug Policy
By CrossFit
Regionals athletes found in breach of CrossFit Drug Policy.
Regionals athletes found in breach of CrossFit Drug Policy.

The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier and definitive test of fitness. To protect the integrity of the competition and its athletes, CrossFit works hard to ensure a level playing field, in part by creating and enforcing the guidelines outlined in the Rulebook, and in part by strongly enforcing an anti-doping policy—an absolute necessity in order to crown the Fittest on Earth.

Each year, CrossFit Inc. expands its efforts and methods of testing. The following Games athletes have been found in breach of CrossFit’s Drug Testing Policy.

RANK FIRST NAME LAST NAME DIV BANNED SUBSTANCE RESULT
4 Kelli Holm Women 35-39 metabolites of GW1516 - metabolic modulator 2-year sanction, ending September 2020*
2 Shawn  Ramirez Men 40-44 metabolites of GW1516 - metabolic modulator and ostarine - anabolic agent 4-year sanction, ending September 2022

*Holm's 4-year sanction was reduced to 2 years following the appeals process.

The following Regional athletes have been found in breach of CrossFit’s Drug Testing Policy.
 

RANK FIRST NAME LAST NAME REG / DIV BANNED SUBSTANCE RESULT
1 Emily Abbott West / Indv. ibutamoren - anabolic agent 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
2 Dean Shaw Meridian / Team clomiphene - selective estrogen receptor modulator 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
3 Lauren Shawver South / Team ostarine - anabolic agent 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
3 Laura Hosier East / Team higenamine - beta-2 agonist 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
1 Maria Ceballos LatAm / Team stanozolol metabolites - anabolic agents 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
4 Andrey Ganin Europe / Indv. exogenous testosterone - anabolic agent 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
34 Nuha Almarri Meridian / Indv. GW1516 sulfoxide and GW1516 sulfone, metabolites of GW1516 and oral turinabol - metabolic modulator and anabolic androgenic steroid 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
5 Stephanie Araujo LatAm / Team stanozolol metabolite - anabolic agents 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
28 Joel Munro Pacific / Indv. metabolites of GW1516 - metabolic modulator 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
34 Rachel Campbell South / Indv. metabolite of oxandrolone - anabolic agent 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
37 Kara Paslay Central / Indv. 1,3-dimethylbutylamine - stimulant 2-year sanction, ending June 2020
28 Megan Benzik South / Indv. epimentendiol, metabolites of methandienone and oxandrolone, epioxandrolone, methanol, a letrozole metabolie, and amphetamine 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
25 Carlos Castillo LatAm / Team LGD4033 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
8 Gena Malkovskiy Europe / Indv. clomiphene, meldonium, and a metabolite of drostanolone 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
18 Fabio Botteghi Meridian / Indv. metabolites of GW1516 - metabolic modulator 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
3 Vivian  Bomfim LatAm / Indv. stanozolol metabolite - anabolic agents 4-year sanction, ending June 2022
3 André Sanches LatAm / Indv. epimentendiol, metabolites of methandienone, ostarine, LGD4033 - anabolic agents 4-year sanction, ending June 2022


The athletes above have completed the appeals process. There are additional athletes who have been notified of a banned substance violation. Further results will be released when their appeals processes are complete. 

Athletes who commit a violation of the Drug Testing Policy will have the right to state their case prior to any sanctions being imposed. Within 72 hours of being notified of their violation, an athlete must provide written notice of their intent to submit a written petition of appeal concerning the violation. A request by the athlete for any pertinent documents (if necessary or desired) must be made within this initial written notice and not at a later date. Thereafter, from the time of receipt of any materials provided by CrossFit, the athlete has 10 business days to submit the written petition of appeal explaining why they are not in violation of the Drug Testing Policy. Following a review of the athlete’s petition of appeal, CrossFit will respond in a timely manner to provide a written response of its decision, including supporting reasons, either to deny or grant the appeal. If, after this investigation, the athlete is found to be in violation of the Drug Testing Policy, CrossFit will proceed with applying any appropriate sanctions.

CrossFit recognizes that some banned substances are used for legitimate medical purposes. In rare cases, CrossFit permits a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to be granted for those athletes with a documented medical history demonstrating the need for the regular use of such a drug. CrossFit adheres to the standards set by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and will only grant a TUE in strict accordance with all of the criteria details in the Drug Policy. The use of a prohibited substance to increase “low-normal” levels of any endogenous hormone and the use of anabolic substance are not considered an acceptable therapeutic intervention.

CrossFit partners with Drug Free Sport, which conducts drug analysis for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA, along with 300 other sports and athletic organizations, to administer its testing program. A laboratory approved by WADA processes blood and urine samples collected from CrossFit Games athletes.

How to Report Incidences of Cheating

If you suspect an athlete, affiliate or team of cheating, it is encouraged that you report the violation in the correct manner. The CrossFit Games have set up forms and methods for submitting an anonymous allegation.

Allegation Form - General Rules Violation: Intended for allegations against individuals, affiliates, or teams for violating rules pertaining to team eligibility, region eligibility or submitting falsified scores.

Allegation Form - Drug Policy Violation: Intended for allegations against individuals, affiliates or teams violating our CrossFit Games Drug Policy.

Anonymous Tip Line - +1 831-316-1926: Call this number if you suspect an athlete, affiliate, or team is violating the Drug Policy. Please provide credible evidence of your suspicion. The more detailed and complete information you provide, the more thoroughly we can pursue it.

All phone calls will be confidential. If you would like to leave your name and contact information, please feel free to do so. If you prefer to remain anonymous simply hang up when you are finished.

Email Games Support: Anyone may report a violation via email at support@crossfitgames.com.