Chryste Dionne Gaines (born September 14, 1970 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 100 metres.

Chryste Gaines
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Full nameChryste Dionne Gaines
BornSeptember 14, 1970 (1970-09-14) (age 49)
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.

A 1988 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas,[1] Gaines competed for the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., in the 4 x 100 metres where she won the gold medal with teammates Olympic 100m champion Gail Devers, Inger Miller and Gwen Torrence who won the Olympic 200m in Barcelona and a bronze in the 100m in Atlanta.

She returned to Sydney for the 2000 Summer Olympics as the sole survivor of the 4 x 100 meters, this time she lined up with double sprint gold medalist Marion Jones and fellow Americans Torri Edwards and Nanceen Perry but could only come away with the bronze medal.

In 2003, Gaines was issued a Public Warning and had her results disqualified for the detection of Modafinil.[2] The same year she was investigated as part of the BALCO scandal and in 2004 she received a two-year doping ban.[3]

Recently, she (with her other 4x100 meter teammates) had been asked to return her bronze medal won at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 as well as other achievements due to steroid use. She and five other members of the 2000 team would successfully appeal the IOC's decision to force them to return their 2000 medals in July 2010.[4]

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  1. ^ "My High School: South Oak Cliff," The Dallas Morning News sports section online.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "IAAF: Medical anti-doping -" (PDF). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ "US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal". ESPN. Associated Press. April 10, 2008.

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