The CrossFit world was shocked to learn that 2017 CrossFit Games third place finisher, Ricky Garard, has tested positive for banned performance-enhancing substances.
CrossFit HQ has stripped him of his third place title and he will lose the $76,000 he won for his third place finish and his first place finishes in the Madison Triplet and Cyclocross events. He will be banned from competing in CrossFit sanctioned events through the 2021 season and his invitation to CrossFit Invitational has been rescinded.
Garard tested positive for testolone and a beta-2 agonist known as endurobol.
With his disqualification, Patrick Vellner becomes the official third place finisher of the 2017 CrossFit Games. That makes it back-to-back third place finishes for Vellner. In addition, he will receive a bump in his payout for finishing third along with every athlete behind him moving up a place.
This is the first time a CrossFit Games podium finisher has tested positive for PEDs. The sports top athletes are tested year round but since Garard was a rookie he wasn’t in that pool of testing.
This goes to show that CrossFit HQ is committed to providing a level playing field by strongly enforcing their anti-doping policy. It’s a necessity to protect the integrity of the sport.
Any athlete who used performance-enhancing drugs is directly attacking his fellow competitors, our community and our sport. It is our responsibility, along with the athletes themselves, to identify those threats and remove them. As the heads of the sport, we will do our part to provide the means necessary to ensure this continues to happen. – Justin Bergh, General Manager of the CrossFit Games
Ricky Garard’s response:
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