On Tuesday night, October 3, the CrossFit Games medalist Ricky Garard's tests for a banned performance-enhancing drug turned positive. As a result, he has been stripped of his third-place title and banned from competing until 2021.
Yesterday on October 4, 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games podium finisher Ricky Garard released a long statement through his Instagram account addressing the news. He admitted that he was taking the "same supplements at regionals" as he had done his research and was sure those products "were legal within the rules."
Here's that Instagram post, check it out.
As you can appreciate my world has come crashing down, it is heart breaking & it's hard to comprehend that I am in this position. On the pursuit of becoming all I could be as a CrossFit athlete, I have obviously taken the rules & boundaries to the very edge. I looked into, researched & was willing to dabble into ways that could improve my performance legally & within the rules, with no intention whatsoever to be a cheat. I was taking the same supplements at The CrossFit Games as I did at The Pacific Regionals. Therefore, I didn't feel the need to change anything. I thought I was legitimately competing within the rules with no unfair advantage over others. But, after further investigation & very specific testing it has been revealed that my research has failed me & I have received a positive test for SARMS. To be clear these supplements were taken in tablet form with nothing ever injected. Everyone in life makes mistakes, it's how you learn from them that separates the great from the mediocre. These actions don't define me, this sport doesn't define me. It's the lessons & growth of my character that truly matter. In time, I know this will be the best thing that ever happened to me. I wanted the title, I wanted to win & I was willing to do everything in my power to achieve that goal. Not for one second should you take away the hard work, sacrifice & dedication of my efforts. At 23 years old I have a lot of years left in my life, I have endured the process & I have become something because of it. In the end, I am apart of their sport, The CrossFit Games. They have rules, guidelines & policies to abide by. I have unintentionally fucked up, their evidence has proven me guilty & I will own my actions day by day for the rest of my life. I really hope The CrossFit Games continues to tighten up their testing procedures, enforce the same level of strictness to all other competitors like they have to me & they continue to strive towards a legit drug free sport. It's tough to be on the receiving end when I know and have seen other top athletes in the sport intentionally out smarting the system, getting away with it & ruining the integrity of the sport. *continued
Near the end of his statement, Garard even pointed fingers at other unnamed competitors by writing:
I know and have seen other top athletes in the sport intentionally out-smarting the system, getting away with it & ruining the integrity of the sport.
CrossFit Games Medalist Ricky Garard
With Garard’s disqualification, now Patrick Vellner is the third-place finisher of the 2017 Games.