LONDON -- Jessica Hardy emerged from the Olympic pool on Friday, clutching the drink that would aid her in recovering from her performance.
Not water. Not Gatorade. Not some special sports drink.
Hardy was chugging chocolate milk.
"I won't do energy drinks, with my supplement history," Hardy said. "Chocolate milk is as good as it gets."
Hardy qualified for the Olympics four years ago, then withdrew after testing positive for a banned substance. Hardy satisfied arbitrators that a contaminated supplement was to blame, and the International Olympic Committee reinstated her last year.
Hardy, the Long Beach resident entered in Friday night's semifinals of the women's 50-meter freestyle, is not the only swimmer to rely on chocolate milk for post-race nourishment.