Aja Evans, Olympic bobsled medalist, banned two years

Aja Evans
Aja Evans

Aja Evans, an Olympic bobsled bronze medalist, was banned two years for not submitting a drug-testing sample during an out-of-competition test on March 29.

Evans, a 34-year-old who earned Olympic bronze in 2014 and placed fifth in 2018, “failed to submit to sample collection after being notified by a USADA [U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] doping control officer,” according to a press release.

Athletes can qualify for a reduction from the default four-year ban for not submitting a sample if they can show that it wasn’t intentional. A USADA investigation determined Evans “negligently failed to submit to sample collection.”

Evans’ ban began on Nov. 8, the date she accepted the sanction.

Evans was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team this past February after making the previous two Olympic teams. She was set back last season by a Dec. 3 training accident that put her in a hospital with facial lacerations.

The World Cup bobsled season starts next week. Evans had been the lone Olympian named to the national team of female push athletes for this season.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

More: Olympics

Garrett Scantling, world’s top decathlete, banned three years U.S. men’s basketball team drops from world No. 1 FIBA ranking for... Nathan Chen featured in new Elton John, Britney Spears song music video

Aja Evans, Olympic bobsled medalist, banned two years originally appeared on NBCSports.com