Swimming’s comeback king Geoff Huegill has hit troubled waters after he and his wife were allegedly caught with cocaine at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse.
NSW police were patrolling Saturday’s Autumn Carnival race meeting when they were directed to a suite in the grandstand by security.
Officers reportedly approached Huegill, 35, and his 30-year-old wife Sara Hills, after viewing CCTV footage of the two entering a disabled toilet.
Police allegedly gained entry into the toilet after finding the door was locked with the couple inside.
Officers claim to have found a small quantity of white powder, believed to be cocaine, and charged the two with possessing a prohibited drug.
They are due to appear in Waverley Local Court on May 14.
Huegill, a former world record butterfly swimmer who won silver in the 4×100 metre medley relay and bronze in the 100 metre butterfly at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, overcame battles with weight and depression to win two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Lawyer Paul Hunt confirmed the couple were issued with a court notice.
“As the matter is not yet resolved, my clients do not intend to make any further comment at this point in time,” he said in a statement.
On the day he was charged, the popular Huegill posted a photo of him and his wife on Instagram “enjoying the day … in the Moet suites at Randwick”.
He posted a picture of a white bottle of luxury French champagne Moet.
The Olympic medallist is the latest high-profile Australian swimmer to find himself in the spotlight.
Olympic greats Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett have both spent time in rehab this year for depression and sleeping pill addiction respectively.
Scott Miller, butterfly silver medallist at the 1996 Olympics, admitted he was addicted to the drug ice earlier this year after avoiding jail time for drug possession.
Huegill battled weight problems after retiring from swimming following the 2004 Athens Olympics and admitted to taking drugs and suffering depression.
He turned his life around by losing 45kg and returning to the pool, capturing double gold in Delhi before missing the team for the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2011, he revealed he drank heavily, became hooked on fatty food and had suicidal thoughts during his time out of the sport.
“My life from about 2005 to 2007, I experimented with many different things. I guess that’s a story that’s in my past,” he told the Nine Network.
Huegill credited his wife, whom he met in 2007, with turning his life around.
The couple live in the inner Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst and have two young daughters.
Since hanging up his goggles, Huegill has set up his own company working as an athlete-entrepreneur, along with public speaking and Club Skip, his weight-loss program.