Patrick Mendes and Joshua Gilbert, top Olympic weightlifters, were banned from “Average Broz’s Gymnasium” (Las Vegas, Nevada). They tested positive for forbidden preparations. Steroids were not the drugs administered by these sportsmen. They used non-steroidal medicines that are also banned under Code of the WADA.
Patrick Mendes tested positive for prohibited preparations in February 2012 before the United States Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting determined who would represent the US at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The athlete tested for HGH; as a result, he was sentenced to a suspension.
Joshua Gilbert tested positive for the diuretic medicine furosemide at the 2012 National Weightlifting Championships. It was in March 2012.
Furosemide is a preparation that is administered by those that apply steroids in order to mask steroid use. Furthermore, this drug helps sportspersons to lose weight in order to correspond to certain weight categories. Weightlifting, boxing and wrestling are sports where athletes belong to certain weight groups.
HGH and furosemide are preparations that are forbidden by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The anti-doping system of the IWF is in the harmony with the WADA Code.
Mendes and Gilbert were trained by John Broz. Broz lived and trained with the celebrated Bulgarian weightlifter Antonio Krastev during his career. Krastev broke a world record snatch of 216 kg in 1987. John Broz studied the Bulgarian system of trainings and brought several methods to America. He established own training gym in Las Vegas.
Mendes went to 2-year suspension. As for Gilbert, he was suspended for 3 years.
The suspensions of these athletes are failure for “Average Broz’s Gym”. Thus, the greatest weightlifters were not allowed to represent their home country at the 2012 Olympic Games.