A significant number of Olympic athletes compete in 2008 even after serving doping suspensions in the past. The athlete most visible this week, the Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska(left) served a 2 year suspension for using stanozolol (Winstrol), however apparently repeated her error only utilizing methyltestosterone this Olympics. Blonska won the silver medal in the heptathlon; she also positioned herself to medal in the long jump.
Although the UK's Kelly Sotherton spewed particular vitriol for Blonska, joined by her countrywoman Denise Lewis, the Ukrainian comeback is not isolated. We count many Olympians competing despite past doping and steroid violations. In some athlete's cases the violations are (somewhat) explainable; in other's the athlete simply served time. Many won medals.
Britain's Christine Ohuruogu served one year of a possible two year ban, and overcame the lifetime UK Olympic ban on doping athletes. Ohurugu won appeals in the UK, and with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Tunesia's Oussama Mellouli, who swam at the University of Southern California, should send flowers to FINA, the governing agency of swimming for giving him only an 18 month bad for a positive Adderall test. Mellouli claimed he took Adderall to study for a test at USC (with Reggie Bush?). Mellouli swam to a gold medal in the men's 1500 freestyle.
American's Demu Cherry (100M hurdles) and Torri Edwards (100M) back from doping suspensions made their event finals, however did not medal. American triple jumper Kenta Bell finished in the top 15 in long jumping.
Katerina Thanou, long associated with presumed doping, and a scheme to miss a doping test in Athens 2004, was scheduled to attend Beijing, then sent home for a long time out.
Valariy Borchin won gold in race-walking when his fellow countryman, the world record holder tested positive for EPO. Borchin himself served a one year suspension for ephedrine.
Five years ago Brazilian Maurren Higa Maggi, 32, failed a test for the anabolic steroid Clostebol' ; she won the long jump in Beijing.
Many athletes slip under the steroid radar after their first offense. We found a number of Americans Beijing 2008 Olympians who used PEDs ranging from a mild cold medicine, to meth, to an anabolic steroids. Who said no one never gets a second chance?
Sadam Ali Male USA Boxing Cathine
Torri Edwards Female USA Track and Field Niketamide- Stim
Damu Cherry Female USA Track and Field nandrolone
Kenta Bell Male USA Track and Field Methylprednisone (3 Mo)
Hazel Clark Female USA Track and Field Pseudoephedrine- Stim
Amber Neben Female USA Road Cycling 19-norandrosterone
Steven Lopez Male USA Judo(Light/Welterweight) meth
Oussama Mellouli Male Tunisia Swimming amphetamines- Stim
Merelene Ottey Female Jam/Slov Track and Field Nandrolone (although won appeal)
Christine Ohuruogu Female Great Br Track and Field Missed 3 Tests
Peter Cousins Male GBR Judo Missed 3 tests
Marko Strahija Male Croatia Swimming Loves HCG (twice)
Natalya Sadova Female Russia Field events Caffeine, anabolic steroid
Eric Lamaze Male Canada Horse Cocaine, twice
Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim Male Malaysia Weightlifting Anabolic steroids
Marcelo Melo Male Brazil Tennis Isometheptene (2 Mo suspension)
Andrew Bree Male Ireland Swimming Vick's vapor (warning)
Ali Saidi-Sief Male Algeria Track, 5000 Nandrolone
Maurren Higa Maggi Female Brazil Track, LJ Clostebol
Note: In some cases the former doping may significantly affecting future events, if an anabolic steroid was used. There is evidence that the benefits of anabolic steroids extends well past the use period.