|Sport||Track and Field|
|Drug of choice||Oxandrolone|
|Doping Sentence||10 years|
|Current Status||Banned by Russian Athletics Federation|
|Birthdate||19 July 1985|
She was pulled by the Russian Athletics Federation in the last days before the Beijing Games began, because of irregularities with her drugs testing. She received a two-year ban in late July 2008 for manipulating her test. Contemporaneous observers held her as a prohibitive favorite for the gold in Beijing, and her pre-event disqualification considerably opened up the field.
After serving her ban, she returned to discus throwing, and competed at least once legally — in 2011's World Championships, she placed eleventh.
She actually competed in the 2012 Olympics in London, and won a silver medal. However, that medal was stripped when it was discovered that there was oxandrolone in her bloodstream. The Russians took a dimmer view of this transgression than her earlier one, and banned her for ten years, effectively ending her career.