Which U.S. athletes were drug tested the most in 2013?

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its testing numbers for the fourth quarter of 2013 on Tuesday. Its comprehensive database allows searchers to see all in- and out-of-competition tests under its program for every Olympic sports athlete.

USADA conducted 9,197 tests last year, breaking the record of 8,580 from 2009. USADA has been testing since 2000. Of those 9,127 tests, 6,088 were documented in individual athlete test histories.

That difference is key considering this stat: Galen Rupp was tested 28 times out of the 6,088 total, which is a record for one athlete in one year in the documented individual athlete test histories. Perhaps Rupp was tested more than 28 times in 2013, but perhaps athletes in previous years were tested more than their individual test histories show as well.

Now that all of the 2013 numbers are in, let’s take a look at which athletes were tested the most of the 6,088:

Galen Rupp, track and field — 28
Chris Horner, cycling — 24
Missy Franklin, swimming — 22
Dathan Ritzenhein, track and field — 21
Shalane Flanagan, track and field — 20
Sarah Hammer, cycling — 19
Ryan Lochte, swimming — 19
Andrew Potts, triathlon — 19

In 2012, the three most tested athletes were triathletes at 25, 23 and 22 times each. Rupp was tested 17 times in 2012.

Here are the top tested athletes since 2001:

2013 — Rupp, 28
2012 — Matt Chrabot, triathlon, 25
2011 — Carmelita Jeter, track and field, 22
2010 — Lochte, 18
2009 — Lochte, 15
2008 — Michael Phelps, swimming, 20
2007 — Michelle Collins, track and field, 14
2006 — Kristin Armstrong, cycling, 21
2005 — Carissa Gump, weightlifting, 12
2004 — Cheryl Haworth/Oscar Chaplin, weightlifting, 16
2003 — Gump/Haworth/Shane Hamman, weightlifting, 15
2002 — Haworth/Danica Rue, weightlifting, 15
2001 — Haworth, 16

Other notables from the 2013 test statistics:

Lolo Jones, track and field/bobsled — 16 (including five times in the last quarter, one off the highest athlete)
Michael Phelps, swimming — 4 (Phelps re-entered the drug testing pool last year in case he wants to unretire)

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Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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