Five 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Athletes, Including Emily Abbott, Fail Drug Tests

CrossFit HQ just released the full list of Regionals athletes in breach of CrossFit’s drug policy, and the list contains handfuls of high-profile names. Five of the names listed below were 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games-bound (including two individual athletes, and three team members). 

The list below comes from CrossFit HQ’s official drug policy breach list and includes the athlete’s name, placing, respective Regional, and substance tested positive for.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since it’s original publishing time to reflect that only five athletes mentioned below were 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games-bound, as the Latin America Region only has one Games spot awarded.

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Individual Athletes

  • Emily Abbott – 1st Place Individual West Regional: Ibutamoren (anabolic agent), 4-year ban
  • Andrey Ganin – 4th Place Individual/European Regional: Exogenous testosterone (anabolic agent), 4-year ban

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Team Athletes

  • Dean Shaw – 2nd Place Team Member/Meridian Regional: Clomiphene (SARM), 4-year ban
  • Laura Hosier – 3rd Place Team Member/East Regional: Higenamine (beta-2 agonist), 4-year ban
  • Maria Ceballos – 1st Place Team Member/Latin American Regional: Stanozolol Metabolites (anabolic agents), 4-year ban

2018 CrossFit Regionals Athletes

  • Nuha Almarri – 34th Individual Meridian Athlete: GW1516 sulfoxide and GW1516 sulfone, metabolites of GW1516 and oral turinabol (metabolic modulator and anabolic androgenic steroid), 4-year ban
  • Joiel Munro – 28th Individual Pacific Athlete: Metabolites of GW1516 (metabolic modulator), 4-year ban
  • Rachel Campbell – 34th Individual South Athlete: Metabolite of Oxandrolone (anabolic agent), 4-year ban
  • Kara Paslay – 37th Individual Central Athlete: 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (stimulant), 2-year ban
  • Megan Benzik – 28th Individual South Athlete: epimentendiol, metabolites of methandienone and oxandrolone, epioxandrolone, methanol, a letrozole metabolie, and amphetamine, 4-year ban
  • Carlos Castillo – 25th Latin America Team Member: LGD4033, 4-year ban
  • Stephanie Araujo – 5th place Team Member/Latin America Regional: Stanozolol Metabolite (anabolic agent), 4-year ban

The athletes referenced on the list above will now be facing either a two or four year ban from competing in the competitive CrossFit seasons based on the substance they tested positive for. More details may follow depending on CrossFit HQ’s decision per each athlete’s case.

This news is huge and has already begun to shake up the CrossFit community. Yesterday, Annie Thorisdottir shared in her Instagram story that Frederik Aegidius (6th place finisher in the European Regional) would be heading to the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. While it wasn’t confirmed by CrossFit HQ until today’s list release, many speculated that Aegidius was offered a spot after one of the top five finishers in the European Regional had tested positive for a banned substance.

Feature image on left from @abbott.the.red Instagram page, and right from @andrey_ganin83, photo taken by @doooker.

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,300 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake’s bread-and-butter.

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