The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Thursday that Michael Gingras, head coach of Vulkan Weightlifting in Portland, Oregon, accepted a 12-year sanction for engaging in prohibited doping conduct. Gingras was found to have “possessed, trafficked and administered” testosterone and possessed and trafficked LGD-4033.
After its investigation, USADA contacted Gingras of its findings, at which time Gingras admitted to the doping allegations. Because Gingras cooperated with USADA and his voluntary admission, he was eligible for a reduced sanction. Gingras was facing a lifetime ban.
The 12-year sanction began on January 16, 2017, the date Gingras admitted to his violations. It is believed he began violating the anti-doping policy back in October 2015. All competitive results following October 16, 2015, have been disqualified.