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Caroline Pileggi
, 2005

by Toni Wilkinson

inkjet print (image: 131.0 cm x 120.0 cm, frame: 141.0 cm x 120.0 cm)

Weightlifter Caroline Pileggi (b. 1977) represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and went on to win three medals - a gold and two silvers - at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the Women's Over-75kg class. Her career took a body blow in 2004, when the Australian Sports Drug Agency found her guilty of refusing to submit to a drugs test. Pileggi appealed against her omission, claiming the drug testers didn't follow protocols as they did not inform her she was required to take a test. She was however handed a two-year ban from the sport - a punishment that saw her removed from the Athens Olympics. Pileggi is currently considering whether she will resume training and return to her sport later this year.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number: 2006.86.c