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London 2012 Olympics: Hope Solo warned by USADA after positive drug test

Hope Solo’s play in goal will be key for the Americans in their bid to win gold in London. (Petr David Josek/AP)

Solo tested positive for Canrenone, which is classified as a “specified substance,” meaning its presence in an athlete’s urine sample can result in a reduced sanction.

The 30-year-old Solo accepted the public reprimand and explained the cause of the positive test in a statement issued Monday. She is still eligible to play for the U.S. at the London Games.

I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”

According to the USADA Web site, Solo is the 14th athlete to receive a sanction under USOC policies this year. She is one of only three athletes to avoid suspension.

Solo and her teammates open group play against France on July 25th in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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