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Lolo Jones drags drug testers to her birthday party

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Lolo Jones‘ 31st birthday nearly came and went without registering on the news cycle. But then again, it’s Lolo Jones, so something had to happen.

Jones tweeted that a drug tester asked her for urine at 8 p.m. Monday. She wasn’t ready to provide a sample at that time. As per the rules, the tester had to follow her for a night on the town in Lake Placid, N.Y., where she’s training with U.S. bobsled teammates, until she was ready to pee in a cup.

It took nearly four hours.

This is nothing out of the ordinary for Olympic sports athletes under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s program. Remember, Lindsey Vonn was tested at the “Fashion Oscars” in New York in June. Gymnast Aly Raisman was tested on set at “Access Hollywood Live.”

Two of my favorite drug testing stories come from shot putter Christian Cantwell and diver Troy Dumais. Cantwell was tested the day his son was born, at the hospital. Dumais was in the emergency room when a tester arrived, but he was unable to provide a sample. Why?

“I’m blocked up with kidney stones, I’m sorry,” Dumais said to the officer. “I couldn’t go to the bathroom because it hurt so much. I was completely backed up.”

Happy bday @lolojones hope u enjoyed that cake cake cake cake cake :) #hurdlingbobsledder #lakeplacid #teamcamp #sochi2014

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Hope Solo: I wouldn’t go to Olympics if I had to choose today

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U.S. goalie Hope Solo said she would not go to the Rio Olympics if she had to choose today, citing being uncomfortable with the current situation in Brazil including the Zika virus, according to SI.com.

Pregnant women are at risk from the mosquito-borne, Brazil-based virus, Rio Games organizers medical director Dr. Joao Grangeiro said last week, according to The Associated Press.

It has sometimes been associated with a brain birth defect.

Olympic soccer matches will be held not only in Rio but also several other Brazilian cities that may have more mosquitoes and a greater Zika risk.

“No athlete competing in Rio should be faced with this dilemma,” Solo, a two-time Olympic champion, said, according to SI.com. “Female professional athletes already face many different considerations and have to make choices that male professional athletes don’t.

“We accept these particular choices as part of being a woman, but I do not accept being forced into making the decision between competing for my country and sacrificing the potential health of a child, or staying home and giving up my dreams and goals as an athlete. Competing in the Olympics should be a safe environment for every athlete, male and female alike. Female athletes should not be forced to make a decision that could sacrifice the health of a child.”

Grangeiro said the athletes would not be at risk during the Olympics in August, that there will be fewer mosquitoes in Brazil’s winter (opposite the U.S. summer), according to the AP.

“We will not have an epidemic or pandemic situation,” Grangeiro said, according to the AP. “We can’t say we won’t have any cases [during the Games], but we see this as a minimal risk.”

Solo and the U.S. women’s soccer team begin their Olympic qualifying tournament Wednesday (on NBC Sports Live Extra, full schedule here).

MORE: U.S. women’s soccer named 20-player Olympic qualifying roster

How to watch U.S. Olympic marathon trials

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The U.S. Olympic marathon trials will air live for the first time, on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. ET.

The top three finishers in each of the men’s and women’s races in Los Angeles will become the first members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team.

The men’s race (1:06 p.m. ET) includes 2012 Olympic trials winner Meb Keflezighi hoping to become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner ever, Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp in his 26.2-mile debut and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, who was fourth at the 2012 trials in Houston.

The women’s race (1:22 p.m. ET) includes all three 2012 Olympic marathon team members — Shalane FlanaganDesi Linden and Kara Goucher. Plus, Amy Hastings Cragg, who was fourth at trials four years ago.

Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson and Carrie Tollefson.

Olympic Marathon Trials Previews: Men | Women