Yulia Efimova Was Arrested in December in California

Russian Olympian Yuliya Efimova was arrested on December 30th, 2017 in Los Angeles, and was released on $5,000 bail.

According to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department records, a person named Yuliya Efimova that matches the swimmer’s birthday and physical description was arrested on a misdemeanor charge at 12:38 AM on December 30th (just after midnight). The arrest was made by the Redondo Beach Police Department.

SwimSwam contacted the Reondo Beach Police Department, who refused to release the arrest record because the trial had not yet taken place. California has among the nation’s most restrictive open records laws, providing the least access to arrest records within the state.

However, a letter obtained by SwimSwam addressed by Efimova’s attorney to the California Department of Motor Vehicles requesting an “Administrative Per Se” Hearing says that “Ms. Esimova (sic) was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on December 30, 2017 by the Redondo Beach Police Department.” While the letter misspells “Efimova” several times, it specifically refers to the subject of the letter as being “temporarily in the United States training as a professional swimmer for Russia.”

Efimova’s attorneys, the Torrance, California based Bird & Bird law firm, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A thorough search of local and national databases returned no further information on a trial date.

The 25-year old Efimova is a 3-time Olympic medalist representing Russia and a 5-time World Champion. Efimova has failed two doping tests in her career: the first resulting in a 16-month suspension that allowed her to return in time for the 2016 Olympics. The 2nd was for the substance meldonium, which the World Anti-Doping Authority had newly-banned, and later decided to grant a grace period for because of the unknown science on how long the substance could remain in an athlete’s blood after they stopped taking it. After a preliminary suspension, Efimova filed an emergency appeal and was cleared just in time to swim in Rio, where she took silver in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.

Efimova has spent much of her adult life training in Southern California, including with the Trojan Swim Club based out of USC.

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OMG. This girl does not quit…its like she wants to be unlikable. Is this punishable by FINA? Prolly not


Wasn’t punishable by FINA when Phelps or any other athlete did it, so I doubt it will be now. Understand the ill-feeling towards her, but we would set a very worrying precendent if we wanted to make an example of her over this incident.


Yea. I’d rather they make an example of her two doping violations and just ban her from the sport for that.

Especially since she’s swimmer faster now than when she was caught doping


I think we all would, but they didn’t, and sadly I don’t think bodies in many sports have a genuine interest in getting tough.


Well, Phelps had two DUI’s and plead down to avoid jail time, so she’ll probably carry the flag in the opening ceremonies.


Phelp’s PR team deserves a gold medal


don’t forget that juicy bong rip!


Irrelevant to his swimming performance which is all that matters.


at least now she can drink up in the stands at national meets






Probably be a hell of a lot of fun to party with!


lol oh yeah ? who would have imagined that ?

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