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CrossFit Games Athlete Responds to Her Drug Ban

"A number of weeks ago, I received an email from Crossfit stating that I had failed my drug test. I was completely shocked and confused..."

Masters Athlete Kelli Holm (Women 35 – 39) was one of two competitors that recently received sanctions for failing a drug test. Read the full story here:

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Kelli Holm recently released this statement:

“At the conclusion of the 2018 Crossfit Games, I was honestly thrilled to take a drug test. I had placed well in my division, and I was happy to prove that it was all done clean. There was no doubt in my mind I would pass.

A number of weeks ago, I received an email from Crossfit stating that I had failed my drug test. I was completely shocked and confused. I have never taken a banned substance of any kind. On the contrary, I feel my coach and I have been extremely cautious and mindful about every substance that goes into my body. I try to use products tested by third parties whenever possible, or products that are widely used and accepted within the CrossFit community.

The substance found was 0.02ng/mL (20 trillionths of a gram) of “a metabolite of GW1516″. This meant nothing to me, having never heard of it before. It was suggested that I should test the supplements I still had from my time at the CrossFit Games, and one of those supplements (a common and well-known pre-workout powder) proved to be contaminated with GW1516 (I have been advised not to name the brand at this time). Crossfit has acknowledged that the supplement was indeed contaminated, however because this product was not third-party tested, they are holding me responsible for ingesting the unlisted ingredient.

I would never choose to disrespect my fellow athletes through cheating and I apologize that I am even linked to a failed test. I know God will surely use this experience and time away from competing in a way that glorifies Him and molds me. And for me to want anything beyond His glory and the shaping of my heart would be futile. While this is quite a blow to my competition goals, I will continue to pursue this sport and remain a part of this community that I love.”

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At the conclusion of the 2018 Crossfit Games, I was honestly thrilled to take a drug test. I had placed well in my division, and I was happy to prove that it was all done clean. There was no doubt in my mind I would pass. ▪️ A number of weeks ago, I received an email from Crossfit stating that I had failed my drug test. I was completely shocked and confused. I have never taken a banned substance of any kind. On the contrary, I feel my coach and I have been extremely cautious and mindful about every substance that goes into my body. I try to use products tested by third parties whenever possible, or products that are widely used and accepted within the CrossFit community. ▪️ The substance found was 0.02ng/mL (20 trillionths of a gram) of “a metabolite of GW1516". This meant nothing to me, having never heard of it before. It was suggested that I should test the supplements I still had from my time at the CrossFit Games, and one of those supplements (a common and well-known pre-workout powder) proved to be contaminated with GW1516 (I have been advised not to name the brand at this time). Crossfit has acknowledged that the supplement was indeed contaminated, however because this product was not third-party tested, they are holding me responsible for ingesting the unlisted ingredient. ▪️ I would never choose to disrespect my fellow athletes through cheating and I apologize that I am even linked to a failed test. I know God will surely use this experience and time away from competing in a way that glorifies Him and molds me. And for me to want anything beyond His glory and the shaping of my heart would be futile. While this is quite a blow to my competition goals, I will continue to pursue this sport and remain a part of this community that I love.

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