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.”
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The U.S. under-23 men’s soccer team kept its Olympic qualifying hopes alive by beating Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF tournament’s third-place game in Sandy, Utah, on Tuesday night.
Midfielder Marc Pelosi and forward Jerome Kiesewetter scored in the 69th and 84th minutes, respectively, with Canada playing with 10 men for the entire second half.
The U.S. will qualify for the Rio Olympics if — and only if — it beats Colombia in a one-game playoff in Rio de Janeiro in March.
The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2004 and 2012 Olympic tournaments and hasn’t won a men’s soccer medal since 1904, when the Olympic tournament included three teams.
The Americans missed an earlier chance to clinch a Rio Olympic spot when they lost 2-0 to Honduras in the CONCACAF tournament semifinals Saturday.
If the U.S. qualifies for Rio, it can swap in a maximum of three players born before Jan. 1, 1993, to its roster for the Olympics.
The U.S. took advantage of the over-age exception to add World Cup veterans in 2008 (Brian McBride) and 2000 (Brad Friedel).
The U.S. can already add three World Cup veterans without using any over-age spots, since John Brooks, Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin will still be eligible for the U-23 team in 2016. Even though none were used in CONCACAF qualifying.
The 2016 Olympic men’s soccer tournament field:
Brazil — possibly with Neymar
Argentina — 2008 Olympic champion when it had Lionel Messi
Germany — possibly with Philipp Lahm, but unlikely for Mesut Özil
Portugal — possibly with 2004 Olympian Cristiano Ronaldo
Sweden — possibly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
U.S. or Colombia
Three Asian nations determined in January
Three African nations determined in December
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“Race,” a film about Olympic sprint legend Jesse Owens, will hit theaters Feb. 19.
Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the face of Nazi Germany, is played by Stephan James in the film.
Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons are also in the cast for the Focus Features film, according to reports. Sudeikis will reportedly play Owens’ coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play Avery Brundage, then the president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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