CrossFit athlete Katie Trombetta has been banned for four years from competing in the CrossFit Games. This comes as a result of a positive drug test, following the 2019 competition.
Trombetta has been competing in the CrossFit Open since 2014. However, she made her debut at the CrossFit Games this year, competing last August. In the event, she scored 44th overall, not making a bad first appearance.
Following the competition, Katie Trombetta was notified of a failed drug test. According to an Instagram post, she was notified that she had failed her drug test for metabolites of GW1516 and Ostarine. As a result, she has been banned from competing at the CrossFit Games for four years. Although she says in her post that she tried to fight the results. Unfortunately, she missed the 72 hour deadline for disputing it.
Here was her post:
“I’ve typed up this post quite a few times over the past month, and every time I abandon it because I can’t get my words right. I’d like to be completely transparent and honest about what has been one of the hardest periods of my life thus far.
At the end of August I got notification that I failed my drug test at the CrossFit Games. They found metabolites of GW1516 and Ostarine in my sample. The email was sent to my old email that I rarely check, and I missed the 72 hour deadline to dispute CrossFit’s findings.
When I finally saw the email in September, I asked for an extension, and it was denied. I got one phone call to notify me of the results, and was coaching when it came through, didn’t recognize the number, so didn’t think anything of it.”
Trombetta goes on to explain how she believes it is a result of tainted supplements. However, the process of testing her samples herself is out of her means.
“I did not knowingly take these compounds they found in my system. GW1516 and Ostarine are two of the most common substances found in contaminated supplements.
If you don’t know anything about the supplement industry, it’s very loosely regulated, and 1/3 to 1/2 of all supplements have something in them that isn’t listed on the label.
I admit I was not as careful as I could have been leading up to the Games. I used other people’s pre-workouts, protein, creatine, and I take over the counter melatonin, calcium, and vitamin C.
Anything I was taking could have had these compounds present. It’s upwards of $1000 per sample to test for unknown substances, and that is impossible financially for me.”
However, Trombetta says that when the four year ban is up, she will not be competing. She says that she will be too old, and is too angry with the sport to go back to it. Furthermore, she explains that while she can compete at sanctionals, she does not feel it to make sense.
She concludes in the comments, explaining that she is moving onto other ventures.
“Honestly, after weeks of struggling to come to terms with being forced permanently out of the sport I love, I’ve accepted it, and it truly is a blessing in disguise. I’ve transitioned into Olympic Weightlifting, which I’ve always loved more than CrossFit (and am way better at, lol).
I have more time to devote to becoming a better person, friend, girlfriend, and daughter. My physical and mental health is overall better. I’m not in pain 24/7, and the worst part so far is that I don’t get to eat as much food.
My friends and family whom I have told have been more supportive than I could ever have hoped. Anyone who knows me knows how transparent and honest I am about my struggles and triumphs. and I hope anyone who only knows me through social media can take my last 6 years of open and honest communication about my life, and not assume that I’m a liar and a cheater.
I devoted my life to CrossFit 24/7 for 6 years, I’m not stupid enough to jeopardize that by purposely taking something that could cause me to throw it all away. I’m jumping the gun here and announcing this before CrossFit does, because I think it’s only fair that I get to tell my truth.”
This news is truly tragic for Katie Trombetta. She was just a rookie, so it is sad to see her career cut short like this. Additionally, if it was a tainted supplement, that is all the more heartbreaking. Nevertheless, the CrossFit Games do outline their rules clearly. Although, this is not the first time a CrossFit affiliate has taken the rules a little far.