Sometimes regular efforts of atheletes do not work and they take shortcuts to reach the desired position. That’s where they consume, steroids, and performance-enhancing drugs that are illegal in the field of sports.
Top 10 Greatest Athletes Who Used Steroids
1. Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong, a former road racing cyclist, won the Tour de France seven times in a row from 1999 to 2005.
For doping infractions, he was banned from competitive cycling for the rest of his life by the Union Cycliste Internationale in 2012.
He rejected all of the doping charges, but in a television appearance in January 2013, he acknowledged to using performance-enhancing medications.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold is a former professional bodybuilder who served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
He admitted that he was taking performance-enhancing anabolic steroids when they were not illegal and that they helped him maintain muscle size.
3. Alex Rodriguez
Alex is a professional third baseman who plays for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.
Alex revealed in an interview with ESPN that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, when he felt an enormous amount of pressure to perform well.
4. Marion Jones
Marion is a former track and field champion and a professional basketball player for the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA.
After receiving gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Marion and Australia, she was caught involved in the BALCO scandal and found to consume performance-enhancing steroids.
5. Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson is a former Canadian sprinter who achieved one Olympic gold medal and two Olympic bronze medals in his overall career.
He won twice and set world records at the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1987 World Championships, and lost his Olympic titles after being tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
6. Jose Canseco
Jose is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and created a huge media sensation when he claimed that he took performance-enhancing drugs.
In 2005, he published a book called Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant Roads, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big. The book revealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
7. Barry Bonds
Barry is a former basketball left fielder who spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.
Barry Bonds was caught as the key figure in the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) scandal, claiming that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was giving him performance-enhancing drugs.
8. Floyd Landis
Floyd is a retired professional road racing cyclist who registered himself at the top of the Tour de France in 2006.
In 2006, the Phonak Cycling team announced that Floyd had been found to be positive for an unusually high ratio of the testosterone hormone to the epitestosterone hormone.
9. Mark McGwire
Mark is a former professional baseball player and played in major league baseball as a first baseman for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals from 1986 to 2001.
In 1998, he admitted in an article published by Association Press that he used androstenedione, a muscle growth product, and faced sanctions by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the IOC, and the NFL.
10. Jason Giambi
A professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter was a part of the Oakland Athletics.
He confessed that he was taking steroids from 2001 to 2003. He publicly apologized.