If the International Olympic Committee is anything it's diligent in pursuing and punishing those who break the rules. Since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney a number of high-profile athletes have been stripped of their medals.
Moroccan-Bahraini runner Rashid Ramzi lost his gold medal in the 1,500-meter race from the 2008 Beijing Games after it was discovered he tested positive for the blood-boostin drug CERA, which stands for continuous erythropoietin receptor activator. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) ** FILE ** In this Aug. 14, 2008 file photo, Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian leaves his medal on the mat during the medal ceremony in protest at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Abrahamian was banned for two years along with his coach for "scandalous behavior," the sport's governing body said Thursday Nov. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Vanda Biffani, File) ** NO SALES ** Olga Pyleva is a former Russian biathlete who won the silver medal in the 15-kilometer individual race at the 2006 Turin Games. She's also a convicted drug user after testing positive for a banned stimulant during the games and retroactively losing her medal. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Germany's Ludger Beerbaum riding Gotha competes to win third place in the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping during the Goteborg Horse Show at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg on February 27, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX SWEDEN / ERIK ABEL ***SWEDEN OUT*** (Photo credit should read ERIK ABEL/AFP/Getty Images) Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics earned the silver medal in the 105 kg class at the 2004 Athens Games, but he later tested positive for an anabolic steroid. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Antonio Pettigrew's suicide in 2010 followed an admission by the former American sprinter that he had used performance-enhancing drugs. Pettigrew was part of the gold medal-winning 4x400 relay team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and he received a two-year ban from track and field in 2008, though he was already retired and working as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina. (AP Photo/ University of North Carolina, File) Romanian gymnast Andreea Răducan tested positive for a banned substance at the 2000 Sydney Games, but the test itself was surrounded by controversy. Răducan and her coaches argued the reason the then-16-year-old tested positive for pseudoephedrine was due to an over-the-counter medication the team doctor had prescribed her to treat cold-like symptoms. Although she was stripped of her gold medal in the all-around event, the three athletes who moved up in the medal standings all expressed their support for Răducan. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) German wrestler Alexander Leipold didn't even medal in 1988, 1992 or 1996, so when he won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the freestyle tournament, it was bound to raise red flags. Drug tests showed that Leipold's blood contained metabolites associated with anabolic steroids, and he was subsequently stripped of his gold medal. (AP PHOTO/FOTO KUNZ/RALF MORAY) In October of 2007, American track and field superstar Marion Jones admitted she lied to federal investigators when she told them she had never used performance-enhancing drugs. Jones had her three gold medals from the 2000 Sydney Games stripped as part of her punishment. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)