Katie Trombetta Announces Failed Drug Test, Impending Sanctions

Oct 8, 2019 by

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.

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I’ve typed up this post quite a few times over the past month, and every time I abandon it because I can’t get my words right. I’d like to be completely transparent and honest about what has been one of the hardest periods of my life thus far. • At the end of August I got notification that I failed my drug test at the CrossFit Games. They found metabolites of GW1516 and Ostarine in my sample. The email was sent to my old email that I rarely check, and I missed the 72 hour deadline to dispute CrossFit’s findings. When I finally saw the email in September, I asked for an extension, and it was denied. I got one phone call to notify me of the results, and was coaching when it came through, didn’t recognize the number, so didn’t think anything of it. • I did not knowingly take these compounds they found in my system. GW1516 and Ostarine are two of the most common substances found in contaminated supplements. If you don’t know anything about the supplement industry, it’s very loosely regulated, and 1/3 to 1/2 of all supplements have something in them that isn’t listed on the label. I admit I was not as careful as I could have been leading up to the Games. I used other people’s pre-workouts, protein, creatine, and I take over the counter melatonin, calcium, and vitamin C. Anything I was taking could have had these compounds present. It’s upwards of $1000 per sample to test for unknown substances, and that is impossible financially for me. • I understand I’m responsible for what I put in my body, but I also have been unable to convince CrossFit to allow me to see my lab results to get an idea of the amounts in my system at the time. Since I missed the deadline, my B sample was refused as well. It’s very likely I will never know the cause of the positive test. • 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. I am still allowed to compete in Sanctionals (if the individual sanctionals approve), or any competition not ran by CrossFit, but I can’t do the Open or compete to go to the Games. -continued in comments…

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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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