I love the Olympics. The games in the winter and summer, I think, each offer their own unique mix of drama and patriotism. The type of drama I'm not a fan of is when a member of Team USA tests positive for a banned substance.
Two weeks before the games open, the news broke that Team USA swimmer Jessica Hardy had tested positive for Clenbuterol, a drug that is said to help increase aerobic activity. Hardy says she did not take the drug. I hope that's the truth. If it is, I hope Hardy can clear her name before the games begin.
Regardless of Hardy's innocence or guilt, it always surprises me when an athlete tests positive for a banned substance. I would have thought track star and admitted drug cheater Marion Jones having to return her medals from the 2000 Olympic games would have been enough. If not that, the request that relay teammates of Jones also return their medals would have certainly been an another layer of deterrent for someone considering cheating.
Why do you think athletes risk everything they've trained for by taking banned substances, even though testing is so rampant? In the meantime, here's hoping that Team USA will rely on their training, talent and natural adrenaline to make America proud during these Olympic games.