USADA announced today that Nicole Maynard, of Portland, Ore., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has received a four-year sanction after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.
Maynard, 30, tested positive for methenolone and its metabolite 1-methylene-5α-androstan-3α-ol-17-one, GW1516 metabolites GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide, and the LGD-4033 metabolite di-hydroxy-LGD-4033, as the result of an out-of‐competition urine sample she provided on April 30, 2019. Methenolone and LGD‐4033 are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents, while GW1516 (GW501516) is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators. All of these substances are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Maynard’s four-year period of ineligibility began on May 31, 2019, the date she was provisionally suspended. In addition, Maynard has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to April 30, 2019, the date her positive sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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