Just a few days ago, Russian tennis star and stunningly beautiful athlete Maria Sharapova failed a drug test at the Australian Open. This was a huge surprise, given her squeaky-clean reputation as an honest and upstanding member of the tennis community. To be fair, all the specifics of her story have yet to be completely ironed out and it has yet to be determined whether she will continue to be a beloved athlete or whether her reputation will be mercilessly dragged through the mud by the anti-doping community.
In her defense, Sharapova has indicated that she took the drug under the supervision of her doctor, and that she had no idea that it had been banned until after the test results came back. This is plausible, because it was only banned on January 1st, 2016. This is a lesson, kids, don't skim emails.
The list of athletes whose careers are negatively impacted by PED use seems to grow almost by the day. From marijuana to full-on anabolic steroids, from mixed martial arts to rowing, everyone is getting tested, and anyone caught is generally given a stiff penalty. While some may refer to women as the "fairer sex," female athletes are occasionally dishonest like their male counterparts and plenty of them have been caught for PED use over the years.
Here are thirteen of the hottest female athletes who have been caught in doping scandals.
13 Olga Kaniskina
Our list starts off with now-retired Russian race-walker Olga Kaniskina. She holds a gold medal and a silver medal from both the European Championships and the Olympic games in addition to a single gold from the 2007 World Championship.
12 Martina Hingis
11 Luiza Galiulina
10 Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
When I first head of the term "biathlete," I thought it referred to a competitor who would shack up with people from either male or female gender. But here we are today, a week later and now I know it refers to a person in an event that involves cross-country skiing and accurate shooting. But I digress...
Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle was a cross country skier and biathlete who competed in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Turin, and Vancouver. In those three years, she earned two gold medals and three silver. In Sochi two years ago, however, she tested positive for methylhexanamine, a stimulant that is generally used as a dietary supplement, but is banned.
9 Kristina Antoniychuk
The inspiration for this article was the recent Maria Sharapova drama, but we had to include at least one more tennis player. The biggest difference between Sharapova and our number seven is that our number seven has always been a complete no-name as a tennis player, whereas Sharapova is one of the greatest of the last decade.
8 Kelli White
7 Elena Berezhnaya
For those of you who follow figure skating like I do (glancing at the TV to see the fit women, and then switching to something else) this name will be virtually unknown. Elena Berezhnaya and her partner Anton Sikharulidze were the Russian pair who ended up sharing the gold medal with Canadian skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier back in 2002.
6 Anna Alminova
5 Crystal Cox
Her name sounds more like a set of marital aids for a rich woman than a real name, but that's beside the point. She was a contestant on a season of Survivor but before that she won a gold medal in the 4X400 meter relay at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
4 Hope Solo
The goalkeeper of the United States women's soccer team is no stranger to media controversy. She and now-husband, retired tight end Jerramy Stevens, were involved in a domestic dispute back in 2012 and in 2014 she was arrested for allegedly assaulting her half-sister and nephew. The charges were dropped.
3 Carina Damm
2 Maria Sharapova
She may be the inspiration for the writing of this article, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't have her own entry on the list. Sharapova's ongoing drug scandal seems to be evolving every day, with opinions ranging from "she just made a mistake" to "she's a cheater and has always been a cheater."
1 Andreea Raducan
Standing just 4'11, Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan is a "fun-sized" babe. She won a gold medal and a silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, along with several World Championship medals in 1999 and 2001. She was just 16 when she competed in those Olympic games. Just a few days after the medals were handed out, she tested positive for pseudoephedrine, and was disqualified. It turned out that her team doctor had given her cough medicine before competing and despite no real wrongdoing on her part, her medal was taken away.
She has become a television personality in Romania after retiring from competition in 2002.
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