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by Caley Fretz

December 4, 2017

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Former US national champion banned for four years after ex-partner implicates her

by Shane Stokes

An American Masters rider has received a four-year ban from USADA after her ex-partner providing information about her use of banned substances. Jenna Blandford won the Masters national marathon mountainbike championship in 2016 but will be stripped of that title after USADA found her guilty of using testosterone, human growth hormone (HGH) and oxandrolone.

Critical intelligence about the matter came from her former partner Jeff Miller, who admitted using the same substances himself. He told USADA that he sourced the products from a nearby pharmacy and, after Blandford saw him using testosterone, that she began using it herself in the second part of 2015. However, she migrated from this product to the other two after her voice began deepening.

Their relationship broke down the following year and Miller reported her to USADA. He admitted using the substances himself, thus incurring his own four-year ban. The American Arbitration Association had doubts about his motivations, deeming that he had reported her out of spite, but nevertheless agreed with USADA that she should be banned.

The evidence he provided included test messages from Blandford’s phone – which she denied sending – where she acknowledged using the products, as well as receipts for the substances.

She has lost all her results from September 1, 2015, including her national championship title.

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