There’s no getting away from the unfortunate fact that many elite athletes cheat to win. Many sports stars use steroids to gain an advantage that it doesn’t even shock fans anymore. It’s disappointing when it happens because fans believe in these individuals. We want to believe they’re better than us, so it leaves a bad taste when they test positive and their careers are ruined.
Steroids have ruined the careers of many stars for multiple reasons. Firstly, they usually result in lengthy bans and can cause athletes to miss critical tournaments. Also, sometimes governing bodies strip athletes like Lance Armstrong of their previous accolades. Overall, it damages their legacy and their image. Let’s take a look at 25 athletes whose careers were ruined by steroids. Check out the list below via Men’s Journal and TopTenz.
25. Justin Gatlin
Gatlin ruined his career with PED use. The U.S. sprinter was one of the infamous Trevor Graham’s students so it should be no surprise that his career is tainted. He was one of the best in the world between 2003 and 2005. Gatlin won gold medals across the board before it became clear that he was using steroids. He admitted that he took PEDs to boost his testosterone.
As a result, he served a four-year suspension from his sport. As well as missing some of the best years of his career, Gatlin also lost credibility. In 2017, Gatlin came back and defeated Usain Bolt to become a World Champion in the 100 meters race. But the crowd hadn’t forgotten his previous doping shame and roundly booed him. Gatlin paid the price for his decisions.