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Jon Drummond banned 8 years after assisting Tyson Gay’s doping

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Track coach Jon Drummond was banned eight years after arbitrators found Drummond assisted U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay‘s use of banned substances in 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday.

The independent panel found that Drummond possessed, trafficked and administered banned performance-enhancing substances, USADA said in a press release.

Gay, the U.S. record holder in the 100m, was suspended one year after he failed three drug tests in 2013. Gay said he began taking banned substances before the 2012 Olympics.

His ban was reduced because he provided substantial assistance to USADA.

Gay’s testimony and acquisition and use of banned substances is detailed in the independent panel’s 24-page decision regarding Drummond’s ban here.

With Gay’s earlier ban, all of his results since July 15, 2012, were wiped out, and he returned a 2012 Olympic silver medal in the 4x100m relay to the U.S. Olympic Committee. The fate of his relay teammates’ medals hasn’t been decided.

Drummond was a personal coach for Gay and a U.S. relay coach at the London Olympics.

“USATF, including the constituents who years ago elected Mr. Drummond in good faith to serve as chair of the Athletes Advisory Committee, had no knowledge of Mr. Drummond’s activities,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement. “We are all deeply disappointed. Mr. Drummond’s tenure as AAC chair ended December 4, 2014.”

Drummond’s ban prohibits him from coaching, training or advising athletes and participating or coaching at any event sanctioned by USA Track & Field or the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Drummond, 46, sued USADA and Gay in May for false accusations. He won Olympic gold and silver medals in 1996 and 2000 as part of U.S. Olympic 4x100m relay teams.

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Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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Which athletes are qualified for the U.S. Olympic team?

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Soon after Tokyo Olympic qualifying events began getting postponed, the International Olympic Committee announced that all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes.

The IOC repeated that position over the last week, after the Tokyo Games were postponed (now to open July 23, 2021). What does that mean for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee?

Well, 76 athletes qualified for the U.S. Olympic team before the Olympic postponement was announced. That full list is here.

Those 76 athletes can be separated into two categories.

  • Athletes who earned Olympic spots BY NAME via International Federation (i.e. International Surfing Association or International Aquatics Federation) selection procedures.
  • Athletes named to the U.S. Olympic team by their national governing body (i.e. USA Swimming or USA Track and Field) and confirmed by the USOPC using NGB selection procedures after the NGB earned a quota spot.

When the IOC says “all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes,” it means just that. USA Softball still has 15 athlete quota spots from qualifying a full team via international results. Surfer Kolohe Andino still has his Olympic spot from qualifying BY NAME via the International Surfing Association selection procedures route.

USA Softball named its 15-player Olympic roster last fall. Those 15 athletes did not earn Olympic quota spots for themselves. Unlike Andino (and 13 other American qualifiers across all sports), the 15 softball players had to be nominated by USA Softball and confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Unless and until the USOPC confirms that any of those other 62 athletes remain qualified, for now the list of U.S. Olympic qualifiers is these 14 who qualified BY NAME:

Karate (1)
Sakura Kokumai

Modern Pentathlon (2)
Samantha Achterberg
Amro Elgeziry

Swimming (3)
Haley Anderson
Ashley Twichell
Jordan Wilimovsky

Sport Climbing (4)
Kyra Condie
Brooke Raboutou
Nathaniel Coleman
Colin Duffy

Surfing (4)
Caroline Marks
Carissa Moore
Kolohe Andino
John John Florence

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