The International Olympic Committee recently revised their rules on weed testing. Did they change them because they thought marijuana was healthy or because they were tired of withdrawing medals from great sportsmen who smoked pot? Or, perhaps, they did it because the Olympians who consume weed are the most successful medalists of all time? These questions remain to be answered. However, here is a list of the top five gold medal Olympians who consumed cannabis and won gold medals.
In a recent interview, Usain Bolt confessed that he occasionally used weed when he was young and lived in Jamaica. The athlete did not have any issues regarding consuming cannabis during the Olympics, so he probably knows how to keep things low key. Nowadays, Usain Bolt is the fastest man alive. So if he wants to thank pot for his title, that will be OK.
It is a well-known fact that Phelps uses weed to treat pains and aches. In 2009, he was seen smoking from a bong just three months after he had won eight gold medals in Beijing. As a result of the scandal, he was suspended for a few months. Since then, Michael Phelps has become a leading American medalist of all times.
Nicholas Delpopolo is one of the most promising Judo competitors in the U.S. In 2012, he tested positive for THC and was banned from the Olympics. Nicholas Delpopolo announced that he was unknowingly given an edible with THC. However, this fact could not be officially proved.
Ross Rebagliati won his gold medal for snowboarding in 1998, soon after he was tested positive for THC. Luckily, the International Olympic Committee had not placed marijuana on the banned agents list yet, so Rebagliati was not left without his medal.
In 2014, Jamie Anderson won Olympic Gold for Women’s Slopestyle in Sochi. Although she was not tested positive for cannabis, Anderson made journalists believe that she was a weed user.
Though THC remains in the Olympics’ list of prohibited substances, its acceptable amount was raised up to 150 nanograms to distinguish active and passive users.