Hardy Back in Pool After One-Year Suspension

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - Jessica Hardy has always known how to swim. Now she has to figure out how to win again.

** FILE ** In this June 30, 2008, file photo, Jessica Hardy swims in women's 100-meter breaststroke semifinals at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. Hardy's trip to the Beijing Olympics could be in jeopardy after she tested positive for a banned substance, according to a person familiar with the test results. Hardy's "A" sample from the recent Olympic trials tested positive, the person told The Associated Press on Wednesday night, July 30. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - Jessica Hardy has always known how to swim. Now she has to figure out how to win again.

For the past year, Hardy has been dealing with the heartbreak of being denied her dream of competing in the Olympics because of a failed drug test. Her one-year ban ended July 29.

On Wednesday, she competed at the U.S. Open National
Championships, finishing second in the 100-meter freestyle.

"I haven't raced in a year. I feel like I don't even know what I'm doing. It's very frustrating," said Hardy, who finished in 55.07 seconds.

Erika Erndl of Naples, Fla., won the race in a meet-record 54.59.


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