Suspended Athletes Share Their Statements on Social Media

Rachel Campbell at the 2018 Wodapalooza Fitness Festival.
Rachel Campbell at the 2018 Wodapalooza Fitness Festival. Photo courtesy of @FLSportsGuy.

After 14 athletes (Lauren Shawver was a late addition) tested positive this year during the 2018 CrossFit Games season, several have taken to social media to share their explanation or give a statement on what happened. Some took full responsibility for not paying attention for what went in their body. Some played the blame game.

Here is a look at all of the posts of that the athletes shared in the wake of the suspensions…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 16, 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada The CrossFit Games issued its decision suspending CrossFit athlete Emily Abbott from competition from June 22, 2018 until June 21, 2022. Despite her detailed explanation and supporting evidence of how ibutamoren came to be in her sample, the CrossFit Games entirely disregarded Ms. Abbott’s explanation and imposed the maximum possible sanction, without even granting her a hearing. In responding to the CrossFit Games’ decision, Ms. Abbott stated as follows: “I am beyond disappointed and frustrated that the organization I have dedicated so much of my life to has basically ignored my explanation for my inadvertent exposure to ibutamoren.  I have proudly represented the sport as an advocate of clean eating and a healthy lifestyle, and would never knowingly take any banned substance.  I strongly disagree with this unfair decision, and will be exploring all of my options.”

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Last year at Regionals 2017, I tore my right bicep. This injury was incredibly devastating to me and ended my year of training in a flash. I sought out help from an amazing Physical Therapist in Texas, who helped me make small gains. I couldn’t use my right arm for about 6 months and suffered from nerve damage. In August, I moved to Arizona to be able to concentrate full time on training. This gave me the opportunity to get my arm healthy and body healthy. I sought out additional help through a Physical Therapist here in Arizona. He did everything he could to help get my arm healthy through acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, scrapping, stimming, etc. unfortunately we would make steps forward, but also steps back. My pain would come and go for months. I was diagnosed with a bicep strain through an ultra sound. This prevented me from doing any kind of pulling.I sought out additional help through a medical doctor to help reduce the pain. My doctor first recommended I use a growth hormone. Due to the substantial expenses, I was not able to afford this drug. My doctor recommended oxandrolone instead to help with the bicep strain, muscle loss, muscle strength and pain. I listened to my doctor and was under her care for this drug use.My pain was reduced and my arm began to make small gains.I took this drug to help me get back to where my arm was before my previous injury. My fitness was decreasing dramatically, which was causing depression and anxiety. I listened to my doctor’s recommendation and trusted her medical advice. I understand that this drug can be easily abused and I in no way was trying to cheat. I was simply wanting to get my body healthy and back to where I was before my injury. I submitted my Therapeutic Use Exemption, including my full diagnosis and treatment records signed by my doctor, demonstrating that I exhausted all all other possible treatments before resorting to Oxandrolone to Crossfit, but unfortunately they denied my Therapeutic Use Exemption. I understand to many that this will be upsetting and disappointing. This does not define who I am. I am now able to train pain free! Thank you to everyone who supports me on this journey of life. 💗

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Quiero cerrar este tema en mi Instagram, resaltando que estás 5 personas son las realmente afectadas con esta situación, a quienes desde ese primer día, 18 de junio, les conté todo lo que pasaba y de quienes he recibido todo su apoyo! . @cheli_ft @arcilaalejandro @yota_restrepo @afp81 @team_colombia . Es importante que todos tengan presente que todo el @team_colombia maneja su alimentación y suplementacion de manera independiente y no son responsables por lo que hacen los demás. El @team_colombia Sigue y más unido que antes! . “El Dios en el que creo es el que da segundas oportunidades. Es el que acompaña en momentos difíciles. Es el entiende el dolor. El que Perdona. Es el que cree en las personas cuando ya nadie da un peso por ellas” @falcao . No más culpas, no más tristezas.. ya ha sido un tiempo bien tormentoso! Ya, arriba la cabeza y a seguir , porque María Clara hay para rato! . Gracias gracias por tantos mensajes hermosos! De verdad que me están llenando de fuerza para renacer como el ave fénix! Los amo!

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💚Lunes, 16 de julio de 2018! Mi nuevo comienzo! . Hoy decido levantarme y no agachar la cabeza, decido levantarme y seguir luchando por mis sueños! Pero esta vez de la manera correcta, y seré quien les muestre y enseñe a todos ustedes, cómo se puede lograr! . No será fácil, pero así me gusta! Porque soy una mujer de retos! Cómo les he dicho, no hay imposibles! . Saben quien me da las fuerzas? Dios, pues este es su propósito! Y todos ustedes que me llenaron de amor y esperanza con cada mensaje! . Así que.. vamos adelante y se que no estoy sola! Voy con Dios de mi lado, mi familia y todos ustedes! . @luisda_gonzalez1 . #guerrerahakuna #mariaclaraceballos #mashumana #diosdeloimposible

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On May 17th, 2018 I was one of the athletes selected to be randomly drug tested before competing at the South Regional. CrossFit contacted me yesterday telling me what I tested positive for. . . . Of all the metabolites found, I consciously made the decision to take 2 of them…vyvanse, which was prescribed to me by a doctor, and anavar, which was not prescribed. The other metabolites found must have come from the anavar being contaminated, which is the risk I took with buying something like anavar. I take full responsibility for my decision to be on both of these drugs. Even though I was prescribed vyvanse, I knew it was not something I should have been taking while competing and I made the not so smart choice to do it anyways. . . . I have done a lot of reflecting and I have come to realize that the “Why” behind all of this really doesn’t matter. It will honestly just lead to pointless justifications. Bottom line is that I knew I shouldn’t have been doing it and I chose to do it anyways. I fully accept any consequences that come my way. . . . I would like it to be known that NO ONE knew I was taking any of these drugs. With that being said, I apologize if I let anyone down who went out of their way to support me. . . . “The beauty of truth; whether it’s good or bad, it is liberating.”- Paul Coelho Thank you CrossFit.

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