Cheating

Joanna-nicely below parallel

Joanna-nicely below parallel

I read an interesting article today about the Orange County Marathon run last Sunday. The men’s winner was just disqualified when a couple cell phone videos came to light of the winner cheating. This wasn’t indirect cheating in the sense of blood doping or something, but direct cheating on the race course by having a cyclist pace him and constantly give him water and other aid, which is expressly against the rules. The OC Marathon isn’t the Boston or NYC or one of the really famous marathons, but it’s not the world’s smallest either.

Only one person has ever been disqualified or penalized (he had a bunch of reps taken away) in official CrossFit competition for direct cheating, to my knowledge (Daigle, Russ?, help me out please). There have also been a couple instances of people testing positive for a banned substance at the Games or Regionals. That’s in big time competition. Closer to home, I have seen direct cheating by teams or affiliates at much smaller local comps. And, of course, there are probably always a couple people in any gym who never seem to get the rep count correct.

What’s your thought on direct cheating in the box? Does it only hurt the cheater, or does it bring down the level of the whole gym? Is it possible in CrossFit competition?