Ricky Garard (Australian Athlete) was stripped of his 3rd place podium finish at The 2017 CrossFit Games after testing positive for PEDs. He was banned from CrossFit competitions for 4 years. Below you will find his post message about finishing in 5th place and a video post challenging Mathew Fraser.
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Firstly, I want to thank & respect @thedavecastro @crossfitgames for defying the odds & finding a way to run this years CFG during these crazy times. Obviously all of my attempts are unofficial. I didn’t have a professional judge fly out, I didn’t get the proper athlete briefing, I had the upper hand of knowing other athletes scores in advance, I chose to do the workouts over Saturday/Sunday (because that’s when I wasn’t working & the gym was available). I did do my absolute best to simulate the same competition environment, standards & time constraints over 2 consecutive days. A big congratulations to all the athletes that competed in CFG 2020 & especially the offical Top 5 that are heading to the Ranch to determine this years Fittest. Here are my unofficial times, placings & points for each event: Day 1: Friendly Fran: 4:05, 9th/72pt 1RM Front Squat: 367lbs, 28th/7pts Damn Diane: 5:00, 19th/34pts 1km Row: 2:56, 9th/68pts TOTAL: 181points/17th Place Day 2: Nasty Nancy: 17:43, 1st/100pts Handstand Hold: 1:22, 6th/80pts Awful Annie: 9:28, 6th/80pts TOTAL: 441 points/5th Place I was very grateful for this unique opportunity to simulate this competition, after all I did this to get feedback on exactly what I needed to work on over the next 12 months. I am honestly stoked to stack up in the top 5 after the emotional roller coaster I have been on over the last 3 years. I still have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to dial things in 100%. Thank you to everyone that reached out to me showing your support this weekend, it means a lot. Shout out to the loyal @bentongym community for always having my back & bringing out the best in me. 🙏🏻 #DeterminationConquersAll