‘Go big or go home’ is an American idiom that emerged out of the adrenaline-fueled surfing scene of Southern California sometime in the late 80s or early 1990s. It’s the mantra of athletes worldwide looking to push the boundaries of sports, it’s also a great motto to describe pretty much every night out that involves an all-you-can-drink special…It’s a great phrase, and it’s one that Italian bodybuilder Giuseppe Ippolito seemingly took to heart when he nearly set a record after testing positive for FOURTEEN banned substances.
According to S.I., Giuseppe Ippolito tested positive for the following banned substances: Canrenone, Drostanolone, Methandienone metabolite, Boldenone, Trenbolone metabolite, Stanozolol metabolite, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone metabolite, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Selegiline and its metabolite, 19-noretiocholanolone, 19-norandrosterone, non-endogenous testosterone and testosterone metabolites.
You’d think that testing positive for 14 banned substances would easily be a world record, but this is Italy we’re talking about. It’s like the Wild Wild West of bodybuilding, and the lifters will pretty much stick anything into their bodies if it leads to gains. According to S.I., the unofficial world record is believed to have been set by Italian bodybuilder Claudio Stella who last year tested positive for TWENTY banned substances at the North Italian Bodybuilding Championships.
Frankly, it’s a miracle that Giuseppe Ippolito or any of these guys get caught. With a cocktail of 14 to 20 banned substances circulating through your system, you’d think that they would confuse the absolute shit out of the tests. If I’m a tester, and I get a report back saying someone’s tested positive for 14 banned substances my first thought is ‘the test must be broken’. Here’s a look at the full list of the 14 banned substances, and the substance types (via SportsIntegrityInitiative):
Go big or go home, right?