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Which U.S. athletes were drug tested the most in 2013?

Apr 1, 2014, 1:51 PM EST

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its testing numbers for the fourth quarter of 2013 on Tuesday. Its comprehensive database allows searchers to see all in- and out-of-competition tests under its program for every Olympic sports athlete.

USADA conducted 9,197 tests last year, breaking the record of 8,580 from 2009. USADA has been testing since 2000. Of those 9,127 tests, 6,088 were documented in individual athlete test histories.

That difference is key considering this stat: Galen Rupp was tested 28 times out of the 6,088 total, which is a record for one athlete in one year in the documented individual athlete test histories. Perhaps Rupp was tested more than 28 times in 2013, but perhaps athletes in previous years were tested more than their individual test histories show as well.

Now that all of the 2013 numbers are in, let’s take a look at which athletes were tested the most of the 6,088:

Galen Rupp, track and field — 28
Chris Horner, cycling — 24
Missy Franklin, swimming — 22
Dathan Ritzenhein, track and field — 21
Shalane Flanagan, track and field — 20
Sarah Hammer, cycling — 19
Ryan Lochte, swimming — 19
Andrew Potts, triathlon — 19

In 2012, the three most tested athletes were triathletes at 25, 23 and 22 times each. Rupp was tested 17 times in 2012.

Here are the top tested athletes since 2001:

2013 — Rupp, 28
2012 — Matt Chrabot, triathlon, 25
2011 — Carmelita Jeter, track and field, 22
2010 — Lochte, 18
2009 — Lochte, 15
2008 — Michael Phelps, swimming, 20
2007 — Michelle Collins, track and field, 14
2006 — Kristin Armstrong, cycling, 21
2005 — Carissa Gump, weightlifting, 12
2004 — Cheryl Haworth/Oscar Chaplin, weightlifting, 16
2003 — Gump/Haworth/Shane Hamman, weightlifting, 15
2002 — Haworth/Danica Rue, weightlifting, 15
2001 — Haworth, 16

Other notables from the 2013 test statistics:

Lolo Jones, track and field/bobsled — 16 (including five times in the last quarter, one off the highest athlete)
Michael Phelps, swimming — 4 (Phelps re-entered the drug testing pool last year in case he wants to unretire)

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  1. jtbaudendistel - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Who’s testing the Jamaicans?

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