COLORADO SPRINGS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. track and field star Crystal Cox accepted a four-year suspension Friday for using anabolic agents and hormones, a U.S. watchdog group said.
Cox, a member of the gold medal-winning 1600-meter relay team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, was cited by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for using the drugs from 2001-04.
Her suspension actually started Wednesday, and the USADA said all of her competitive results since Nov. 3, 2001, will be disqualified, including a forfeiture of all medals, points and prizes.
"Ms. Cox clearly competed under the pressures of her sport," USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart said in a statement.
"Unfortunately (she) gave in to the temptation to use performance-enhancing drugs. To her credit when confronted, Ms. Cox promptly admitted to her involvement in doping and accepted responsibility."
Cox ran in the 1,600-meter relay preliminary heats for the U.S. team in Athens, and received a gold medal despite not competing in the final.