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US weightlifting athlete, Nikki Carlin, accepts sanction for rule violation


November 14, 2014 – USADA announced today that Nikki Carlin, of Orem, Utah, an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a two-year sanction for her doping offense.

Carlin, 25, provided an in-competition urine sample on July 18, 2014, at the U.S. National Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah, that resulted in an adverse analytical finding for Oxandrolone, its metabolite Epioxandrolone, and Clenbuterol. Oxandrolone and Clenbuterol are substances in the class of Anabolic Agents prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Policy, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Carlin accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on August 21, 2014, the date she accepted a provisional suspension. In addition, Carlin has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to July 18, 2014, the date her sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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