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Olympic wrestler suspended for pot

BY DI STAFF | JULY 02, 2012 6:30 AM

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Stephany Lee won the 72-kg spot on the women's freestyle wrestling Olympic team in Iowa City on April 21. She beat Ali Bernard, winning the first two matches of the championship series, 3-1, 5-2 and 3-1, 6-0.

Lee jumped into the air and slammed into the mat, a martial-arts move, to celebrate her victory in the trials and qualification for the Olympics.

But Lee won't go to the London Games.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced on June 28 that she tested positive for marijuana after the trials in April. Lee had to forfeit her spot on the Olympic team to Bernard, and she is also banned from USA Wrestling for a year.

"I apologize to USA Wrestling, my teammates, my coaches, and everyone who supported me for my mistake," Lee said in a statement released through USA Wrestling. "I will continue to train and hope to be able to represent my country at the 2016 Olympic Games."

Bernard has been nominated to replace Lee, and she is expected to secure the spot with no issues. Bernard placed fifth in the 2008 Beijing Games and won bronze at the World Championships in 2011 to qualify the 72-kg weight class for London.

— by Molly Irene Olmstead


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