Crystal Cox

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Crystal Cox
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Born (1979-03-28) March 28, 1979 (age 35)
Durham, NC

Crystal Cox (born March 28, 1979 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American track and field athlete and is known for her appearance as a contestant on the seventeenth season of the reality show Survivor.



She won a gold medal in the women's 4x400 m relay at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. In Athens she ran in the preliminary round but not in the final. DeeDee Trotter, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards and Monique Hennagan were the athletes who ran in the final. In 2004, she was the American indoor 200 m champion.

On January 29, 2010, the Associated Press and reported that Cox admitted to using anabolic steroids from 2001-2004. As a result, she forfeited all of her results from that time period, and agreed to a four-year suspension which ended in January 2014.[1] IAAF has recommended that the whole U.S. women's 2004 Olympic 4x400 metres relay team will be stripped of the medals.[2]


Cox was one of the contestants in the reality series Survivor: Gabon, which premiered in the fall of 2008.[3]

Despite her Olympic training, Cox lost 12 of the 14 tribal challenges, though she made it to the final six. Her main alliance consisted of Kenny Hoang, Jessica "Sugar" Kiper, Susie Smith, and Matty Whitmore. On the December 11, 2008 episode, Cox was voted out and became the fifth member of the jury.


  1. ^ Associated Press (January 29, 2010). "Relay team member suspended 4 years". Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  2. ^ Cherry, Gene (March 15, 2010). "IAAF to recommend US relay team be stripped of gold". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Crystal Cox bio". Retrieved August 27, 2008. 

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