Pot Costs US Wrestler Her Olympic Dream

By Gabrielle Wuhl 06/29/12

US Olympic wrestling trials champ Stephany Lee tests positive for marijuana, for the second time.

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American wrestler Stephany Lee has received a one-year suspension from the US Anti-Doping Agency and been forced to give up her spot on the team for next month's London Olympics after marijuana was found in her system. Just months after celebrating both her win at the Olympic trials and marriage to her longtime girlfriend, 27 year-old Lee tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid at the April trials. This isn't her first doping violation—weeks after she won the 2009 United States Open, it was announced that she tested positive for a marijuana metabolite she was stripped of her title. Lee, a native of Honolulu, will likely be replaced in the 158-pound class by Ali Bernard, a 2008 Olympian who came second to Lee at the trials in Iowa City; USA Wrestling has nominated her as Lee's replacement. "I apologize to USA Wrestling, my teammates, my coaches and everyone who supported me for my mistake," says Lee in a USA Wrestling news release. "I will continue to train, and hope to be able to represent my country at the 2016 Olympic Games."