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American record holder blames tainted pork burrito for positive drug test

One of America's best track runners is banned for four years after testing positive for performance enhancers.


When an athlete tests positive for PEDs, there's always a plethora of excuses they use to make themselves sound innocent. They play dumb saying they didn't know the supplement they were taking was a banned substance. A tainted pork burrito is definitely an excuse I've never heard.

U.S. track champion and record holder Shelby Houlihan posted on Instagram that she received a four-year ban after testing positive for an anabolic steroid called nandrolone.

This news is obviously a dagger for her with the Olympics right around the corner. She mentions that WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) explained that eating pork can lead to a false positive because pigs naturally produce high amounts of nandrolone. Houlihan holds the United States records for 1,500 and 5,000 meters.

Who knows if she's telling the truth, but this is definitely up there for best excuses. I don't think anyone will ever top Sammy Sosa pretending he couldn't speak English when asked about his steroid use in the '90s.

With the Olympics coming up, is there any better relationship between PEDs and Olympians? I'm pretty sure the whole country of Russia is banned from the Olympics because they can't stop doping. Every Olympics, I feel like there's always something that comes out about a gold medalist cheating. Regardless, I'm just here to watch the United States dominate in obscure sports.

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