Survivor’s Crystal officially stripped of Olympic gold medal because of steroids

More than two years after she admitted using steroids and agreed to a four-year suspension, Survivor Gabon‘s Crystal Cox was stripped of her gold medal for the 4×400-meter relay by the International Olympic Committee on Saturday.

Her actions during the 2004 Athens Olympics could still affect her entire team. The the International Association of Athletics Federations recommended her whole team be disqualified, but The AP reports that, “Under current international rules, an entire relay team can be disqualified because of the doping of one member, even an alternate. But IOC spokesman Mark Adams said it wasn’t clear whether the IAAF rules were in effect at the time of the Athens Games.”

It’s probably unfair to include this video (again) here, but I can’t resist–it’s too hilarious: well-edited clips of Crystal’s Survivor Gabon athleticism in words and actions.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.