Four Olympians STRIPPED of Their Gold Medals – You’ll Never Guess Why
It’s not every day you hear about olympic athletes being stripped of the highest accomplishment in sports. But just a few days ago, that’s exactly what happened.
Four Russian Olympic athletes were retroactively disqualified from their 4×100 relay race in 2008’s Beijing Olympic games. After owning the gold medals for nearly 8 years, new tests have proved something that has forced the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to take the medals from all four athletes AND permanently ban them from any future olympic games.
Russia only barely won the gold, beating the Belgium team by a mere 0.2 seconds. When the race ends up as close as this one did, every hour of training matters. Every minute in the gym, every meal you eat, and in this case… every drug you put in your body.
The IOC announced Tuesday that Yulia Chermoshanskaya, the anchor of the Russian team that ran the last leg of the relay, tested positive for two banned substances: stanozolol and terinabol. Because of this, she and the rest of the olympic relay team were ordered to return their gold medals, but we don’t know if any of the olympians followed through on that order.
Due to this new development, Belgium stands to be the new retroactive gold-medal winner, with Nigeria moving up to silver and Brazil earning the bronze.
While this is just the latest of a long history of doping scandals, we’re sure it won’t be the last. In fact, a new retest of the 2012 London Games have turned up a total of 98 positive results.