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Linky McLinkerson: Good Morning

43 days until the Olympics!

Justin Gatlin Continues Fight to Run

Justin Gatlin, who was banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for having two dirty drug tests, continued his court fight today in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. Gatlin is suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act because the banned substances he was found to be taking in his first failed test was supposed to treat his ADD. For that offense, Gatlin received a two-year suspension, and signed an agreement that if he screwed up again, he would receive a lifetime ban. When he failed another test, he was banned, but now he is suing because he was discriminated against in the first offense. Follow all that?

Gatlin has already been granted a temporary injunction that will allow him to run at the trials, which will be held in Eugene, Ore. this weekend. However, if Gatlin qualifies for the team, the IOC will still probably not let him run, so this might be a colossal waste of time and money.

Linky McLinkerson – 57 Days Until the Games Start!

Sorry for my enthusiastic use of exclamation points. Sometimes when the spirit moves me, I must use them.

  • Lately, it feels like I’m writing for Law Review, not an Olympics blog. Justin Gatlin, a gold medalist in Athens, is suing to compete in the Olympic Trials. Gatlin was banned for four years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using Adderall, a medication he claims is to control his ADD. The lawsuit claims that the ban is a violation of the American with Disabilities Act.
  • I have a feeling that we are going to become huge Allyson Felix fans. The Sunday school teacher won three golds at the 2007 World Championships. Sports Illustrated has a profile on her and her father, a preacher. My favorite line from the story: When she speaks of her faith, she doesn’t come across as an athlete who blindly attributes a winning shot or lucky punch to a higher power, but as one whose lifestyle choices have ennobled her to achieve them.
  • From ennobling to noble – the Queen of England’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, will not compete in the Olympics because her horse, was injured. The same thing happened in the 2004 Olympics – same horse. Zara, I assume you have the money. Did you ever think of getting another horse for competition, and using Toytown to tromp around the countryside? Just an idea.
  • Sports Illustrated reports that Coach K and the other men’s basketball head honchos decide that tryouts are not so necessary, and they will announce the team by the end of the month.
  • Finally, poor Nick D’ Arcy. The Australian swimmer was kicked off the Aussies’ Beijing squad after getting in a bar fight and giving some guy a broken jaw, broken nose, fractured eye socket, crushed cheekbone and fractured palate. I have no idea why the Australian authorities are so prickly!