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.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.