Tommy’s Take: The Return Of Ricky Garard

September 22, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Ricky Garard

Ricky Garard is making his return to CrossFit competition.

The first ever individual podium athlete to be stripped of his placement due to drug sanctions, will also be first to return from sanctions in what will undoubtedly be a polarizing quest to redeem himself and his status as a top athlete in the sport. 

The quest begins in December at the Dubai CrossFit Championships after CrossFit’s GM of Sport Dave Castro made the announcement on his personal instagram in an unexpected piece of publicity for an athlete most prominently known for cheating. 

  • Ruffling feathers: The announcement already has people up in arms, with some speaking out in the comments section of Castro’s post, or posting separately to Instagram on their stories, questioning the choice to highlight Garard instead of the multitude of other athletes that haven’t been sanctioned. 
  • Others see it as intentional promotion, with the foremost leader of the sport tapping into the prickly nature of Garard’s return to drum up interest in the upcoming season. 

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