Female Athletes Caught Doping

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Over the years, many female athletes have risen to high praise and acclaim in their sports of choice. But just like their male counterparts, there have been several female athletes caught doping. Female athlete steroid use has disqualified women of all types from competing in international contests. Some of the most celebrated competitors have been brought down (and had their accolades stripped) because of failed drug tests or shady meds. This list rounds up most of the female athlete drug scandals in recent history. Check out these high caliber female athletes caught with performance enhancing drugs. If you're thinking of getting into sports, let them be a lesson to stay clean.
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  1. Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    Sharapova is one of the most dominant female tennis players in decades, but she ran into a snag in 2016. In March, Sharapova was suspended by the International Tennis Federation when they found traces of the banned substance meldonium in her system. While not an outright performance enhancer, meldonium helps optimize oxygen use in the body.
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    • Age: 28
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
  2. Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    Marion Jones was a highly celebrated Olympian who won gold medals and two bronze medals in various track and field events in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Sadly, Jones was stripped of those medals when she confessed to using steroids before and after the competition. She was sentenced to six months in jail for lying about her illegal substance use and for check fraud in 2008.
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    • Age: 40
    • Nationality: Belize, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  3. Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    Solo is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup gold medalist as a goalkeeper in soccer, but she might have had a little help. Just before she competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, Solo failed a urine test. The test detected Canrenone, a banned substance, in her system. She claimed it was from a prescribed pre-menstrual medication and was let off with a warning.
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    • Age: 34
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Richland, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America
    • Teams: United States women's national soccer team, Seattle Reign FC
  4. Florence Griffith Joyner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    Joyner was an accomplished sprinter who won three gold medals in the 1988 Olympic Games. However, despite passing her drug tests, many critics believed she had been taking performance enhancing steroids due to the huge improvement in her run times from the previous year, and how much muscle she had grown in such a short amount of time. Joyner retired in her prime in 1988 amidst the speculation. She passed away ten years later.
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    • Age: Died at 39 (1959-1998)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  5. The Swiss tennis superstar is widely considered one of the best players ever, but she doesn't have a squeaky clean record. In 2007 she tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine during a urine test at Wimbledon. The International Tennis Federation suspended her for two years.
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    • Age: 35
    • Nationality: Switzerland, Slovakia
    • Birthplace: KoŇ°ice, Slovakia
  6. Tammy Thomas

    Tammy Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    Thomas was a fast American sprint track cyclist who scored a silver medal at the 2001 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Thomas tested positive for THG, a powerful anabolic steroid. She was later banned for life from cycling and convicted of perjury for lying under oath during a federal investigation.
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    • Age: age 45
  7. Crystal Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    Cox was a swift Olympian, winning the gold medal in the 4x400 relay race in 2004 Olympic Games. But she was stripped of her medal after she admitted to using anabolic steroids from 2001 to 2004.
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    • Age: age 36
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
  8. Kelli White

    Kelli White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Female Athletes Caught Doping
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    White dominated the track and field events at the IAFF World Championships in 2003. However, she was stripped of her medals in 2004 after admitting to using tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), erythropoietin (EPO), and modafinil. All of her accomplishments since 2000 had been annulled.
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    • Age: age 38
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
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