Former Australian Olympian Geoff Huegill And Wife Charged With Drug Possession

By McCarton Ackerman 04/29/14

Geoff Huegill continued his post-Olympics spiral into depression and addiction when he and his wife, Sarah Hills, were busted carrying cocaine.

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Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill is continuing to make headlines with his struggles after retiring from competitive swimming. He and his wife, Sarah Hills, have been charged with drug possession after allegedly getting caught with cocaine at a racetrack in New South Wales.

Huegill, 35, and Hills, 30, reportedly had a “small quantity of white powder” in their possession while at Randwick racecourse. A lawyer for the couple confirmed that they will appear in court on May 14 over an alleged offense at the racetrack, but declined to comment any further.

The former swimmer battled with his weight after retiring from swimming after the 2004 Athens Olympics, gaining nearly 100 pounds over the next several years. Huegill committed to turning his life around by shedding  all the weight he had gained in order to compete at the 2010 Common wealth Games, where he won a gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly

Unfortunately, Huegill isn’t the only former Australian swimmer to battle issues with drugs and alcohol in recent years. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe admitted in his 2012 autobiography This Is Me that he drank massive amounts of alcohol in order to deal with severe depression and had contemplated suicide. It was confirmed that he entered rehab earlier this year after neighbors found him dazed near his parents’ home.

Meanwhile, a three-time Olympic gold medalist recently completed a rehab stint in the U.S. for Ambien addiction. He entered treatment last February after a bizarre incident in which he stumbled through a casino foyer in Melbourne, Australia with a singlet over his underwear and his four-year-old daughter, Charlize, under his arm as he searched for his twin son, Jagger. His family reportedly held an intervention afterwards and he agreed to go to rehab.

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