Rachel Campbell competed at the South Regional as a Individual but was banned following the completion of the event in 2018. She received a 4 year sanction for testing positive for a metabolite of oxandrolone – anabolic agent. Her ban will end in June 2022.
Campell also competes as an olympic weightlifter, however she refused to provide a urine sample and subsequently been banned again.
USADA (US Anti Doping Agency) issued the following statement.
“USADA announced today that Rachel Campbell, of Alto, N.M., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has received a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation due to her refusal to provide a urine sample.
Campbell, 27, refused to provide a sample as requested by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test on November 11, 2018. Evading sample collection, or refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification, is a doping violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the WADA Prohibited List.
Campbell’s four-year period of ineligibility began on February 1, 2019, the date her sanction was imposed. In addition, USADA became aware that Campbell tested positive for a metabolite of oxandrolone as the result of a urine collection administered by the CrossFit Games on May 17, 2018. Oxandrolone and its metabolites are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents on the WADA Prohibited List.
Due to the circumstances around Campbell’s CrossFit sanction, her refusal was not considered a second violation by USADA, but her results are disqualified from the time of the positive test. As such, Campbell has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 17, 2018, the date she provided a positive sample to the CrossFit Games, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.”
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Last year at Regionals 2017, I tore my right bicep. This injury was incredibly devastating to me and ended my year of training in a flash. I sought out help from an amazing Physical Therapist in Texas, who helped me make small gains. I couldn’t use my right arm for about 6 months and suffered from nerve damage. In August, I moved to Arizona to be able to concentrate full time on training. This gave me the opportunity to get my arm healthy and body healthy. I sought out additional help through a Physical Therapist here in Arizona. He did everything he could to help get my arm healthy through acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, scrapping, stimming, etc. unfortunately we would make steps forward, but also steps back. My pain would come and go for months. I was diagnosed with a bicep strain through an ultra sound. This prevented me from doing any kind of pulling.I sought out additional help through a medical doctor to help reduce the pain. My doctor first recommended I use a growth hormone. Due to the substantial expenses, I was not able to afford this drug. My doctor recommended oxandrolone instead to help with the bicep strain, muscle loss, muscle strength and pain. I listened to my doctor and was under her care for this drug use.My pain was reduced and my arm began to make small gains.I took this drug to help me get back to where my arm was before my previous injury. My fitness was decreasing dramatically, which was causing depression and anxiety. I listened to my doctor’s recommendation and trusted her medical advice. I understand that this drug can be easily abused and I in no way was trying to cheat. I was simply wanting to get my body healthy and back to where I was before my injury. I submitted my Therapeutic Use Exemption, including my full diagnosis and treatment records signed by my doctor, demonstrating that I exhausted all all other possible treatments before resorting to Oxandrolone to Crossfit, but unfortunately they denied my Therapeutic Use Exemption. I understand to many that this will be upsetting and disappointing. This does not define who I am. I am now able to train pain free! Thank you to everyone who supports me on this journey of life. 💗