Mercury News Blog Talks about Hardy, Doping

Here’s a link to the San Jose Mercury News and it’s blog on the Olympic Games specifically Jessica Hardy and the breaking story of her positive doping tests.

I spoke with Tara’s mother, Margaret Kirk, today and she said there’s virtually no hope Tara would be added to the team. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have to allow the U.S. to change its roster, and in turn then allow any country to do the same.

What seems odd to me is why USA Swimming has the criteria it does? Why do they have to use swimmers from the roster it has? That would leave them with 25 women, and the full 26-man roster.

Why not basically call up the next fastest swimmer from the trials and add them to the team? Much like an NFL team would call up a practice squad member, or a MLB team calling up a minor leaguer to fill out its roster. It just seems odd that USA Swimming would rather go to the Olympics without a full women’s team, rather than bring in a swimmer who is clean and deserves to be there.