Sharapova is one of the most dominant female tennis players in decades, but she ran into a snag in 2016. In March, Sharapova was suspended by the International Tennis Federation when they found traces of the banned substance meldonium in her system.
While not an outright performance enhancer, meldonium helps optimize oxygen use in the body.
Marion Jones was a highly celebrated Olympian who won gold medals and two bronze medals in various track and field events in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Sadly, Jones was stripped of those medals when she confessed to using steroids before and after the competition.
She was sentenced to six months in jail for lying about her illegal substance use and for check fraud in 2008.
Solo is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup gold medalist as a goalkeeper in soccer, but she might have had a little help. Just before she competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, Solo failed a urine test.
The test detected Canrenone, a banned substance, in her system. She claimed it was from a prescribed pre-menstrual medication and was let off with a warning.
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The Russian runner had a bright career going when she became the 2009 European indoor champion in the 1500m competition. At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Alminova tested positive for the banned substance pseudoephedrine.
While she only got a three-month ban for that failed test, she was sanctioned after her biological passport showed abnormalities. All of her wins and championships from 2009 onward were annulled.
The Brazilian MMA fighter was KO’d by drug tests. In 2008, Damm tested positive for Nandrolone, a potent anabolic steroid, and was suspended for one year. In 2013 she was suspended again after providing a urine sample after a fight against Jessica Eye that wasn’t urine at all.
The first tip off was that whatever liquid she gave to the doctor in the cup was cold!
Andreea was an accomplished gymnast who has won several medals since the 1990’s. Just days after winning gold and silver medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, she was stripped of one of her medals after testing positive for pseudoephedrine.
She and her coaches still blame the team doctor for giving her two cold pills that contained the substance.
The Russian pairs skater has earned championships in competitions around the world, culminating in a gold medal that she and her partner shared with the Canadian team in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
In 2000 though, she was flagged for failing a drug test. Elena claimed her test failure was due to a bronchitis medication she was prescribed.
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Bastianelli is a talented Italian cyclist with a laundry list of accomplishments, but she was removed from Italy’s 2008 Summer Olympic team after fenfluramine showed up in her tests. She was banned for one year from competition by the Italian National Olympic Committee.
Bastianelli appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the ban. At the appeal, the court extended the ban to two years.
Nadezhda Sergeeva, an Olympic athlete from Russia, failed a doping test during the Pyeongchang Games in February 2018. The bobsledder tested posted for a heart medication called trimetazidine, which was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2014. Her previous test, conducted the week before, had been clean.