Women’s sports have come a long way since trailblazers like Wilma Rudolph, Billy Jean King, and Althea Gibson. Today, women’s sports are more popular than ever, and female athletes are making more money than ever—both good things. But, as with everything in life, there’s also a downside. Namely, with all that glory and money at stake, more female athletes are turning to performance enhancing drugs than ever before. And while some of them are smart and use the cutting edge drugs that are hard to detect, some of them are (apparently) quite stupid and use the old-fashioned ones that make you look like a freak. I mean, if you thought Barry Bonds looked ridiculous with his Popeye arms and big inflated BALCO balloon head, you should check out the cyclist on this list with the man-sized guns and the five o’clock shadow. Yikes.
Of course, the detrimental effects of PEDs on women aren’t merely aesthetic. Just as with men, they wreak havoc on a woman’s reproductive organs, often leaving them sterile—something young female athletes may not realize when first tempted to give PEDs a shot.
Anyway, today we take a look at some of the most famous female PED abusers from the world of sports. Some names you will recognize, others you almost certainly will not. But one thing’s for certain: they all made some poor life choices.