Even though the Olympics are still around the corner, the real excitement of the Summer Games is already upon us as the first positive drug tests start to roll in. Today’s elimination: 21-year-old breaststroke specialist Jessica Hardy.
(I’ll take one banned stimulant, please.)
According to the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Hardy, a one-time 100m breaststroke world-record holder & world champ in the non-Olympic 50m breaststroke, tested positive for the banned stimulant clenbuterol, a drug prescribed to people with breathing disorders. Whether or not Hardy actually has a breathing problem or just wants to achieve the underwater lung capacity of Aquaman is unknown.
One of the stranger parts of the story is that Hardy failed the middle of three separate tests, passing both the first and third.
Jacobs, one of the nation’s leading defense lawyers for athletes accused in doping-related matters, said Hardy was tested three times at the Trials, which concluded July 6 in Omaha, Neb.
The first test — on July 1 — came back negative, he said.
The second in the series — on July 4 — registered the positive test, both the A and B samples, he said.
The third — on July 6 — was negative.
What, did she take a hit off an inhaler to get pumped up before an especially-important race on July 3rd? It’s an odd sampling to say the least, and only time will tell if there was some kind of mistake in the testing process.
In the meantime, the U.S. swim team needs some replacements - Hardy was scheduled to swim in two individual events and be a key member on the 400 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. If you know any good breast strokers, please contact your local Olympic Committee.
Strap it in, ladies and gents. If the scandals of the 2004 Summer Olympics are any indication, this is just the start of a wild summer.