10 Athletes That Used Steroids
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has gotten very concerned about athletes using performance enhancing drugs, Here are 10 athletes who used steroids and other performance enhancing drugs and subsequently ruined their careers.
- Marion Jones. Jones was once considered the "greatest female athlete in the world." A sprinter and winner of five gold medals is the 2000 Olympics. Jones confessed to using tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), which is in the drug class of anabolic steroids. Jones said that her coach gave it to her under the guise of flaxseed oil. She claims she did not known she had been given steroids and would not have knowingly taken them.
- Barry Bonds. Bonds was not actually convicted for using steroids, but he did fail a drug test in 2007 when he tested positive for amphetamines. Bonds is a Major League Baseball player and formerly played for the Giants and the Pirates. He is said to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
- Manuel Beltrán Martinez. Martinez is a professional cyclist from Spain. Beltrán tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) at the 2008 Tour de France. EPO is found naturally in the body and regulates the production of red blood cells. If it is taken out and then put back into the body, also known as "blood doping," it can increase aerobic performance and endurance.
- Alberico Di Cecco. Di Cecco is an Italian marathon runner. It is very unusual for distance runners to use steroids, probably because increased muscle mass is not necessarily effective in distance running. Di Cecco tested positive for EPO and received a two year suspension.
- Alex Bogomolov. Bogomolov, better known as "Bogie," is a professional tennis player. Bogie tested positive for "doping" in the 2005 Australian Open. The drug test revealed Salbutamol, a beta 2 antagonist. This drug is sometimes used in the treatment of asthma, but it is not allowed in athletics because it can act like a stimulant and potentially increase aerobic capacity.
- Dana Stubblefield. Stubblefield was a defensive tackle in the NFL. He played for the Oakland Raiders and like many of his teammates, he was on the list of the Bay Area cooperative that sold drugs to other athletes, like Marion Jones. Stubblefield pleaded guilty in 2009 to the illegal use of EPO and THG, an anabolic steroid also known as "the clear." Because of his cooperation, he only received a two year probation sentence.
- Natalya Artyomova. Artyomova is a retired Russian Olympic 1500 meter and 5000 meter runner. She also held records in the 3000 meters and 1000 meters. In 1992 Artyomova tested positive for steroids and was permanently expelled from the sport.
- Adrian Andreev. This Bulgarian hammer thrower is banned for life by the IAAF. Andreev received a suspension in 2007 when he tested positive for steroids. In 2008 Andreev tested positive for Metenolone again. The IAAF does not have any tolerance for athletes with prior offenses.
- Olutoyin Augustus. Augustus ran in the 2008 Olympics in Bejing. She is a Nigerian 100 meter Hurdler and she received a two year suspension for the use of steroids. She is still expected to compete in the 2010 Olympic games.
- Ben Johnson. Johnson was a famous sprinter in the 1980s. After winning a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics, he tested positive for steroids. Johnson had his medal and his title taken away.