25 Athletes Stripped Of Their Medals For Doping

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The goal in any sport is to win medals. This is the highest accolade an athlete can receive. It is a symbol of their dominance in the sport that they trained for with so much discipline and hard work. It is a reward for all the time and effort that they placed into being good at their chosen sport.

There is no question that receiving a medal can be the pinnacle of a sporting journey for some athletes.

This is why having even one medal stripped off an athlete can be very painful. However, when a rule is broken, the governing body has to take action. When the athlete who won is proven to have taken forbidden drugs, that could have given them an unfair advantage over their opponent. Although they worked hard for the medal, the other athlete probably deserved it more.

Here are some of the athletes stripped of their medals because they used banned substances prior to the event.

2012 London Games

Soslan Tigiev
Wrestling
Uzbekistan

soslan-tigiev is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Asli Alptekin
1,500m
Turkey

asli-alptekin is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Sergei Kirdyapkin
50km Walk
Russia

sergei-kirdyapkin is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Nadzeya Ostapchuk
Shot-Put
Belarus

nadzeya-ostapchuk is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Tyson Gay
4x100m
U.S.

tyson-gay is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Darya Pishchalnikova
Discus Throw
Russia

darya-pishchalnikova is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Yulia Kalina
Weight Lifting
Ukraine

yulia-kalina is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

2008 Beijing

Rashid Ramzi
1,500m
Bahrain

Rashid Ramzi is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Lyudmyla Blonska
Heptathlon
Ukraine

lyudmyla blonska is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Sibel Ozkan
Weight Lifting
Turkey

sibel ozkan is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Davide Rebellin
Cycling
Italy

davide rebellin is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Andrei Mikhnevich
Shot-Put
Belarus

andrei mikhnevich is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

2006 Turin

Olga Pyleva
Biathlon
Russia

olga pyleva is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

2004 Athens

Adrián Annus
Hammer Throw

adrian annus is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Ludger Beerbaum
Equestrian
Germany

ludger beerbaum is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Yuriy Bilonog
Shot-Put
Ukraine

yuriy bilonog is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Crystal Cox
4x400m
U.S.

crystal cox is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Tyler Hamilton
Cycling
U.S.

tyler hamilton is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Irina Korzhanenko
Shot-Put
Russia

Irina Korzhanenko is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Cian O’Connor
Equestrian
Ireland

cian oconnor is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Ferenc Gyurkovics
Weight Lifting
Hungary

ferenc gyurkovics is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Ivan Tsikhan
Hammer Throw
Belarus

ivan tsikhan is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Svetlana Krivelyova
Shot-Put
Russia

Svetlana Krivelyova is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

2000

Marion Jones
100m
U.S.

marion jones is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

Lance Armstrong
Cycling
U.S.

lance armstrong is one of the athletes whose medals were stripped due to doping

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