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Hardy Doing the Clen Backstroke

After Losing Out on Olympics, Swimmer Seeks Ban Reduction

One month ago, Jessica Hardy had gold medal aspirations and most likely began to prepare for the trip to Beijing. But following a positive test for clenbuterol, the young swimmer has seen her career take a turn for the worse. After claiming her innocence, she now has publicly stated through her attorney that the test was correct and has accepted the fact that she will not represent the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics, choosing to turn her attention towards getting back in the water as soon as possible.

A two-year ban will be extremely difficult for Hardy, 21, to overcome. She has claimed that she has never even heard of clen and has no idea how it appeared in her system. That will be a tough task convincing anyone of that, since it’s intended and prescribed use is as a breathing agent for asthma sufferers and is more commonly used for weight loss. Unless Hardy has a prescription as an asthmatic, her chances are not good to get the ban reduced.

Her lawyer, Howard Jacobs, read from Hardy’s prepared statement, “She accepts the fact that the testing was properly done and the results properly reported,” and that following their determination of the reason for the positive test, that Hardy “will seek to have her period of suspension reduced substantially.”

Hardy should come clean and plead her case by jumping on the sword. Having both her “A” and “B” tests show the banned substance is basically a cut and dry case. She has a better chance of getting some time chopped off her suspension by being up front. It is unreasonable to think that people would believe her with the evidence that is there now.

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