Breaking: Move Fast Lift Heavy Face Disqualification After Failed Drug Test

July 13, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Victoria Costello (instagram.com/victakesashot)
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Over the weekend, Move Fast Lift Heavy team captain, Christian Harris received an e-mail from CrossFit stating teammate Katie Christian tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a banned substance, the team will lose their CrossFit Games qualification and she will be banned from competition for four years. Ms. Christian admitted to taking the DHEA but said she didn’t realize it was a banned substance. 

  • “My passions in nutrition and homeopathic medicine have led me into taking various vitamins, supplements and herbs that I feel help me stay healthy, strong and steer me away from any prescribed medications. One of these supplements was DHEA.”
  • “After a few days of investigating the possible errors that could have occurred, it was brought to my attention that DHEA was flagged from my current list of supplements.”
  • “This post is not about me trying to justify that I am in the right, because I am far from it. As an athlete who was heading to the Crossfit Games, it was absolutely MY responsibility to do my homework on the substances that are banned vs the supplements I was taking and that is on me and nobody else.”

What is DHEA? According to the Mayo Clinic, “DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.”

  • “People use DHEA as an anti-aging therapy and to improve physical performance. DHEA is also used to treat depression and symptoms of menopause.”
  • CrossFit categorizes DHEA as an Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid.
A photo of the DHEA bottle Ms. Christian purchased over the counter.

It’s worth noting, that according to the Mayo Clinic, “research on the effects of DHEA on muscle strength and physical performance had mixed results, but most studies indicate DHEA supplementation has no effect on muscle strength.”

One big thing: Will backfill teams get tested for drugs? This is now the second team from the Granite Games to lose their spot as a result of a positive drug test, granting an invitation to seventh-placed Timberwolf CrossFit. 

  • CrossFit doesn’t typically test beyond the qualifying athletes at teams, and to the best of our knowledge, didn’t do so at Granite Games. 
  • CrossFit didn’t respond to a request as to whether tests will be administered before these two teams compete in Madison in two weeks.

CrossFit announced they have sent a Games invitation to Timberwolf CrossFit. Team captain, Roderick Noel Holloway said, “we would definitely accept! It was our dream to make it and to be able to compete at such a high level along with the best would be amazing!”

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