Reports say breaststroker and Long Beach resident Jessica Hardy has tested positive for a banned substance. Although the substance was not named, the reports say she could miss the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
A former world record holder in the 100m, Hardy reportedly tested positive with her A sample and back-up B sample from the recent U.S. Olympic trials. Hardy left the team's training camp in Palo Alto to return home.
Hardy figured to be a medal threat in the 100-meter breaststroke, along with being key to the U.S. team's 400-meter free relay squad.
A first-time doping offense usually means a two-year competitive ban. Hardy, however, could make appeals to the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.