Chryste Gaines

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Chryste Gaines
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta 4x100 metres relay
Bronze 2000 Sydney 4x100 metres relay
World Championships
Gold 1995 Gothenburg 4x100 metres relay
Gold 1997 Athens 4x100 metres relay
Silver 2003 Paris 4x100 metres relay
Disqualified 2001 Edmonton 4x100 metres relay[1]
Pan American Games
Gold 1995 Mar del Plata 100 metres

Chryste Dionne Gaines (born September 14, 1970 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 100 metres.

A 1988 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas,[2] Gaines competed for the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., in the 4 x 100 metres where she won the gold medal with teammates Olympic 100m champion Gail Devers, Inger Miller and Gwen Torrence who won the Olympic 200m in Barcelona and a bronze in the 100m in Atlanta.

She returned to Sydney for the 2000 Summer Olympics as the sole survivor of the 4 x 100 meters, this time she lined up with double sprint gold medalist Marion Jones and fellow Americans Torri Edwards and Nanceen Perry but could only come away with the bronze medal.

In 2003, Gaines was issued a Public Warning and had her results disqualified for the detection of Modafinil.[3] The same year she was investigated as part of the BALCO scandal and in 2004 she received a two year doping ban.[4]

Recently, she (with her other 4x100 meter teammates) had been asked to return her bronze medal won at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 as well as other achievements due to steroid use. She and 5 other members of the 2000 team would successfully appeal the IOC's decision to force them to return their 2000 medals in July 2010.[5]


  1. ^ Teammate Kelli White was later found to have used performance-enhancing drugs and the IAAF disqualified the team.
  2. ^ "My High School: South Oak Cliff," The Dallas Morning News sports section online.
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  5. ^ Associated Press (April 10, 2008). "US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal". ESPN. 

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