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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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