Word of the first failed drug test from the 2019 CrossFit Games came through early Tuesday morning as Katie Trombetta took to Instagram to announce that she’d failed her drug test at the Games, and would be receiving sanctions. Trombetta, who made her rookie appearance at the Games this year, qualified through the Open and finished 44th in Madison.
What she’s saying: “I did not knowingly take these compounds they found in my system,” repeating a line we’ve heard other athletes say before while owning up to the fact that she is still responsible for everything she puts in her body. Trombetta stated in her post that the likely reasoning behind the positive was a tainted supplement, and admitted to being sloppy with her supplement usage, taking “other people’s pre-workouts, creatine, and protein,” along with taking over-the-counter melatonin, calcium, and vitamin-C.
- Trombetta: “I have a 4 year ban from CrossFit. I won’t be competing after the 4 years. I’ll be 32. I’m too impatient and too angry with the sport that’s harshly punishing me for a mistake to wait that out.”
Worth noting: CrossFit Inc. has yet to make any official statement or declaration about the failed test, or any tests from the Games for that matter, so any sanctions or details regarding the announcement are still unofficial until then.
- The sample: taken at the Games, came back positive for metabolites of GW1516 (Endurobol) and Ostarine.
- Under CrossFit’s drug testing policy, Ostarine is classified as an anabolic agent, and GW1516 is classified as a metabolic modulator.
- She will likely be sanctioned for four years, effective retroactively from the date the test was taken during the CrossFit Games.
Also worth noting: This is now the eighth time in just 16 months (Since June 2018) that an athlete has tested positive for GW1516 or it’s metabolites, making it the most prevalent substance found in positive tests within the sport.
Section 16 of the Drug Testing Policy clearly states: “Athletes are solely responsible for what they put in their bodies.” Even in the event that an athlete can prove that their supplement was tainted, as was the case with Kelli Holm, there will still be sanctions for that athlete.
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