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Ricky Garard Drug Ban – His Response to 4 Year Ban from CrossFit Games

The Ricky Garard drug ban rocked the CrossFit Games last year.

Ricky Garard Drug Ban from the 2017 CrossFit Games

You can find the first half of this statement here

***POST CONTINUED*** Because of this outcome I will learn a lot about myself, wipe my tears & be accountable for every single decision I make in this life. Ultimately that is what it means to be a man. 

I am reminding myself that sometimes life seems to be destroying you when it’s actually saving you, time will only reveal what it’s saving me from?

Haters will hate, and that’s ok. They are entitled to express their insecurities to the world. I will focus & deal with what is within my control.

This news is heavy, it’s real, but I will get myself together and keep moving forward. 

Sorry to anyone I have affected personally & sorry to anyone that is sharing my pain. I trust that the people closest to me will understand, remain loyal and be there to support me. 
I am coming to terms that nothing will ever be given to me in life, I know how to earn it the hard way & I will do just that for whatever it is I pursue next.

Ricky Garard drug ban


The Ricky Garard drug ban was also documented in CrossFit’s documentary “The Redeemed and the Dominant.”



  • Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione): boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA (7-
    Keto); nandrolone; stanozolol; testosterone; methasterone; androstenedione; norandrostenedione; methandienone; etiocholanolone;
    trenbolone; tibolone; zeranol; etc.
  • Street Drugs: heroin; cocaine
  • Diuretics and Other Masking Agents: bumetanide; chlorothiazide; desmopressin; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid;
    spironolactone (canrenone); triamterene; trichlormethiazide; etc.
  • Peptide Hormones and Analogues: growth hormone (hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); growth
    factors and growth factor modulators; etc.
  • Anti-Estrogens: anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; 3,17-dioxo-etiochol-1,4,6-triene (ATD); etc.
  • Beta-2 Agonists: fenoterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; etc.


  • Stimulants
  • Narcotics
  • Cannabinoids
  • Glucocorticoids


  • Stimulants: 1,3-dimethylbutylamine; amphetamine (Adderall); cocaine; ephedrine; fenfluramine (Fen); methamphetamine;
    methylphenidate (Ritalin); phentermine (Phen); synephrine (bitter orange); methylhexaneamine; “bath salts” (mephedrone); etc.
    (Exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned.)
  • Narcotics: buprenorphine; dextromoramide; methadone, morphine, oxycodone; etc.
  • Cannabinoids: natural cannabinoids; cannabis, marijuana; synthetic cannabinoids e.g. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other
    cannabimimetics. (Exceptions: cannabidiol)
  • Glucocorticoids: Cortisone; Hydrocortisone; Prednisolone; Triamcinolone; etc.


  • Blood doping
  • Intervenous infusions
  • Local anesthetics (under some conditions)
  • Manipulation of urine samples
  • Caffeine if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml
  • Gene doping


Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement, research the product and consult a physician or pharmacist. Dietary supplements are not
well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result. Athletes have tested positive and received sanctions for using tainted dietary supplements,
even when labels claim the product is safe and compliant. Many dietary supplements are contaminated with unlisted, banned substances.
Any dietary supplement is taken at your own risk. It is your responsibility to know what you are ingesting. Consult a pharmacist or doctor
before using any supplement. You are responsible for what you put into your body.

“The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier and definitive test of fitness. To protect the integrity of the competition and its athletes, CrossFit works hard to ensure a level playing field, in part by creating and enforcing the guidelines outlined in the Rulebook, and in part by strongly enforcing an anti-doping policy—an absolute necessity in order to crown the Fittest on Earth.

Each year, CrossFit Inc. expands its efforts and methods of testing. The following Regional athletes have been found in breach of CrossFit’s Drug Testing Policy.

Athletes who commit a violation of the Drug Testing Policy will have the right to state their case prior to any sanctions being imposed. Within 72 hours of being notified of their violation, an athlete must provide written notice of their intent to submit a written petition of appeal concerning the violation. A request by the athlete for any pertinent documents (if necessary or desired) must be made within this initial written notice and not at a later date. Thereafter, from the time of receipt of any materials provided by CrossFit, the athlete has 10 business days to submit the written petition of appeal explaining why they are not in violation of the Drug Testing Policy. Following a review of the athlete’s petition of appeal, CrossFit will respond in a timely manner to provide a written response of its decision, including supporting reasons, either to deny or grant the appeal. If, after this investigation, the athlete is found to be in violation of the Drug Testing Policy, CrossFit will proceed with applying any appropriate sanctions.

CrossFit recognizes that some banned substances are used for legitimate medical purposes. In rare cases, CrossFit permits a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to be granted for those athletes with a documented medical history demonstrating the need for the regular use of such a drug. CrossFit adheres to the standards set by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and will only grant a TUE in strict accordance with all of the criteria details in the Drug Policy. The use of a prohibited substance to increase “low-normal” levels of any endogenous hormone and the use of anabolic substance are not considered an acceptable therapeutic intervention.

CrossFit partners with Drug Free Sport, which conducts drug analysis for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA, along with 300 other sports and athletic organizations, to administer its testing program. A laboratory approved by WADA processes blood and urine samples collected from CrossFit Games athletes.”

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