Olympics hall of shame

With news that another U.S. sprinter was caught doping, we look back at the history of gold medal-winning cheats

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  • Rick DeMont, USA
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    Rick DeMont, USA

    The American swimmer won gold in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, but a drug test revealed a banned substance — found in DeMont’s asthma medication — and the IOC took back his medal. In 2001, the U.S. Olympic Committee admitted its mistake.

    The American swimmer won gold in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, but a drug test revealed a banned substance — found in DeMont’s asthma medication — and the IOC took back his medal. In 2001, the U.S. Olympic Committee admitted its mistake.

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    Zbignlew Kaczmarek, Poland

    The weightlifter set two lightweight world records in the snatch event before winning gold in Montreal in 1976, but was disqualified after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

    The weightlifter set two lightweight world records in the snatch event before winning gold in Montreal in 1976, but was disqualified after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

  • Valentin Hristov, Bulgaria
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    Valentin Hristov, Bulgaria

    At 5’10″ and 236 pounds, the Bulgarian heavyweight set ten world records before winning gold in Montreal in 1976 and subsequently losing his medal due to steroid use.

    At 5’10″ and 236 pounds, the Bulgarian heavyweight set ten world records before winning gold in Montreal in 1976 and subsequently losing his medal due to steroid use.

  • Ben Johnson, Canada
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    Ben Johnson, Canada

    Johnson was the world’s best 100-meter sprinter by 1987 and won gold at the 1988 Seoul games — only to be disqualified when he tested positive for steroids, and see his world records rescinded by the IAAF.

    Johnson was the world’s best 100-meter sprinter by 1987 and won gold at the 1988 Seoul games — only to be disqualified when he tested positive for steroids, and see his world records rescinded by the IAAF.

  • Izabela Dragneva, Bulgaria
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    Izabela Dragneva, Bulgaria

    Dragneva tested positive for furosemide at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was disqualified along with the entire Bulgarian weightlifting squad, which racked up three doping violations.

    Dragneva tested positive for furosemide at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was disqualified along with the entire Bulgarian weightlifting squad, which racked up three doping violations.

  • Alexander Leipold, Germany
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    Alexander Leipold, Germany

    The eleven-time national freestyle wrestling champion won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but was disqualified for testing positive for nandrolone, a steroid.

    The eleven-time national freestyle wrestling champion won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but was disqualified for testing positive for nandrolone, a steroid.

  • Andreea Răducan, Romania
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    Andreea Răducan, Romania

    At the 2000 summer games in Sydney, Răducan won gold in the women’s all-around but was disqualified when she tested positive for pseudoephedrine, which her coaches claimed was an ingredient in the cold medicine administered to her by the team physician.

    At the 2000 summer games in Sydney, Răducan won gold in the women’s all-around but was disqualified when she tested positive for pseudoephedrine, which her coaches claimed was an ingredient in the cold medicine administered to her by the team physician.

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    Marion Jones, USA

    Jones (left) won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, including three golds, before admitting in 2007 that she’d used performance-enhancing drugs and lied about it to a grand jury, resulting in a six-month prison sentence.

    Jones (left) won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, including three golds, before admitting in 2007 that she’d used performance-enhancing drugs and lied about it to a grand jury, resulting in a six-month prison sentence.

  • Antonio Pettigrew, USA
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    Antonio Pettigrew, USA

    The American sprinter helped the 4X400-meter relay team win gold in Sydney in 2000, admitted using performance-enhancing drugs eight years later, and in 2010 overdosed on sleeping pills in the back of his car in North Carolina.

    The American sprinter helped the 4X400-meter relay team win gold in Sydney in 2000, admitted using performance-enhancing drugs eight years later, and in 2010 overdosed on sleeping pills in the back of his car in North Carolina.

  • Adrián Annus, Hungary
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    Adrián Annus, Hungary

    Hammer thrower Annus was caught using urine samples belonging to different people, leading to accusations that he’d used a fake penis during the drug test.

    Hammer thrower Annus was caught using urine samples belonging to different people, leading to accusations that he’d used a fake penis during the drug test.

  • Róbert Fazekas, Hungary
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    Róbert Fazekas, Hungary

    Fazekas, a discus thrower, finished first in Athens in 2004 but provided only half the urine sample required and refused an IOC offer to retake the test at a different clinic, resulting in disqualification.

    Fazekas, a discus thrower, finished first in Athens in 2004 but provided only half the urine sample required and refused an IOC offer to retake the test at a different clinic, resulting in disqualification.

  • Irina Korzhanenko, Russia
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    Irina Korzhanenko, Russia

    Her slew of European and World Championship wins led up to Korzhanenko’s gold medal performance in Athens in 2004, where she tested positive for the steroid stanozolol, lost her medal and later received a lifetime ban.

    Her slew of European and World Championship wins led up to Korzhanenko’s gold medal performance in Athens in 2004, where she tested positive for the steroid stanozolol, lost her medal and later received a lifetime ban.

  • Cián O
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    Cián O'Connor, Ireland

    Irish equestrian O’Connor was stripped of the gold medal he won in Athens in 2004 when his horse, Waterford Crystal, tested positive for a substance that was prohibited but not performance-enhancing.

    Irish equestrian O’Connor was stripped of the gold medal he won in Athens in 2004 when his horse, Waterford Crystal, tested positive for a substance that was prohibited but not performance-enhancing.

  • Ludger Beerbaum, Germany
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    Ludger Beerbaum, Germany

    At the Athens Olympics in 2004, Beebaum’s horse Goldfever tested positive for betamethasone, a banned substance found in skin ointments, and the duo was disqualified.

    At the Athens Olympics in 2004, Beebaum’s horse Goldfever tested positive for betamethasone, a banned substance found in skin ointments, and the duo was disqualified.

  • Rashid Ramzi, Bahrain
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    Rashid Ramzi, Bahrain

    Ramzi became Bahrain’s first track and field Olympic champion when he won the 1500 meters in Beijing in 2008, but less than a year later, a drug test he’d taken at the games tested positive.

    Ramzi became Bahrain’s first track and field Olympic champion when he won the 1500 meters in Beijing in 2008, but less than a year later, a drug test he’d taken at the games tested positive.

  • Crystal Cox, USA
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    Crystal Cox, USA

    Cox, who won gold as a member of the 1600-meter relay team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, admitted to doping with anabolic steroids in 2010 and was disqualified and stripped of her medal in July 2012.

    Cox, who won gold as a member of the 1600-meter relay team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, admitted to doping with anabolic steroids in 2010 and was disqualified and stripped of her medal in July 2012.

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