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July 30, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The star-studded field of the women's 100-meter breaststroke final on Tuesday featured reigning Olympic gold medalist and newly minted world-record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and former world-record holder Jessica Hardy of Long Beach. Meilutyte made a spirited bid at her own mark - set on Monday in the semifinals - and came close, winning in 1 minute 04.42 seconds at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. The 16-year-old, who trains in Plymouth, England, was seven-hundredths off Monday's world-record time.
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July 30, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The star-studded field of the women's 100-meter breaststroke final on Tuesday featured reigning Olympic gold medalist and newly minted world-record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and former world-record holder Jessica Hardy of Long Beach. Meilutyte made a spirited bid at her own mark - set on Monday in the semifinals - and came close, winning in 1 minute 04.42 seconds at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. The 16-year-old, who trains in Plymouth, England, was seven-hundredths off Monday's world-record time.
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August 9, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- The positive drug test of U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy was delayed, officials said Friday, a miscue that probably deprived the team of a replacement. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency clarified why authorities, despite an expedited request, didn't notify Hardy of a July 4 positive test at UCLA for clenbuterol until July 21, the deadline for naming a replacement.
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April 25, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Dave Salo watched his swimmer show up for work every morning in the fall of 2008, armed with more than determination and a desire to erase the past and push the fast-forward button four years. But Jessica Hardy was not going to be able to settle or solve her issues in 24.48 seconds or 1:04.45, her personal bests in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 breaststroke. No amount of training, in or out of the pool, was going to influence the Court of Arbitration for Sport or the IOC regarding future Olympic eligibility for the Long Beach native, who missed the 2008 Games because of a positive drug test.
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June 23, 2005 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Spurred by a thunderous roar that resounded more loudly across the pool deck with each push and pull through the water, Jessica Hardy moved ever closer to the wall and an elusive goal. "I was hoping to leave a mark," said Hardy, a Long Beach Wilson swimmer competing in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Southern Section Division I championships. "Hoping to do something to have people remember." Mission accomplished. Hardy finished in 59.
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June 13, 2004 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Hardy sees Olympic rings in her future. After watching her swim circles around the competition this season, others can see why. "She's at a whole other level from the rest of the kids," said Maggi Twinem, her coach at Long Beach Wilson. "We were very fortunate that she even swam with us this year." Hardy set a national high school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute 0.41 seconds, breaking the mark of 1:00.74 set by Kristen Woodring of West Lawn (Penn.
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July 25, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Laboratory documents revealed that swimmer Jessica Hardy's level of the banned substance clenbuterol was, in fact, a "low positive," her lawyer said Thursday. Howard Jacobs, in a telephone interview with The Times, said he received the documentation Wednesday but declined to provide test specifics beyond the low positive and how it might have resulted for the 21-year-old Long Beach swimmer, who qualified for the Olympics in multiple events. After the A and B samples -- taken at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha this month -- came back positive, Hardy left the team's training camp at Stanford University and could face a ban of two years.
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July 24, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Swimmer Jessica Hardy, who qualified for the Olympics in multiple events, has allegedly tested positive for a banned substance, according to reports. NBCOlympics.com said that both her A and B samples have come back positive and that the substance was believed to be a stimulant. She was tested at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha last month, and a penalty for a doping offense can result in a two-year ban.
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August 2, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The result was almost expected. But the method of getting there was anything but. Jessica Hardy, the 21-year-old Long Beach swimmer who tested positive July 4 for a low level of the banned substance clenbuterol, won't be competing at the Olympics in Beijing. Instead of a protracted appeals process, Hardy opted to withdraw from the U.S. Olympic squad in "the best interests of the team," according to a release Friday afternoon from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
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January 18, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Hardy quit school at California to come home and train with Dave Salo at USC because, she says, he's the only coach who can keep swimming fun for her. Otherwise she'd be bored to tears. Jason Lezak used to be coached by Salo. Now Lezak, 32, trains by himself in an empty Irvine pool in the middle of the day. Hardy says Lezak is crazy and if she did that she'd put together an outline of a program every day and do half. Lezak says he's too old and grumpy to train with a group any more.
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August 21, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
From wavering confidence a couple of weeks ago to a dazzling four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. But that's not the complete journey Jessica Hardy of Long Beach was talking about Saturday night in Irvine. "It's really, really, really, really gratifying," she said. "Being forced to sit for a year and struggling emotionally the past year, I'm really happy to have gotten the confidence and just everything is clicking and I'm loving it. " On a night of bright smiles around the pool, perhaps hers best defined the word incandescent.
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August 9, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- The positive drug test of U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy was delayed, officials said Friday, a miscue that probably deprived the team of a replacement. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency clarified why authorities, despite an expedited request, didn't notify Hardy of a July 4 positive test at UCLA for clenbuterol until July 21, the deadline for naming a replacement.
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August 2, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The result was almost expected. But the method of getting there was anything but. Jessica Hardy, the 21-year-old Long Beach swimmer who tested positive July 4 for a low level of the banned substance clenbuterol, won't be competing at the Olympics in Beijing. Instead of a protracted appeals process, Hardy opted to withdraw from the U.S. Olympic squad in "the best interests of the team," according to a release Friday afternoon from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
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July 25, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Laboratory documents revealed that swimmer Jessica Hardy's level of the banned substance clenbuterol was, in fact, a "low positive," her lawyer said Thursday. Howard Jacobs, in a telephone interview with The Times, said he received the documentation Wednesday but declined to provide test specifics beyond the low positive and how it might have resulted for the 21-year-old Long Beach swimmer, who qualified for the Olympics in multiple events. After the A and B samples -- taken at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha this month -- came back positive, Hardy left the team's training camp at Stanford University and could face a ban of two years.
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July 24, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Swimmer Jessica Hardy, who qualified for the Olympics in multiple events, has allegedly tested positive for a banned substance, according to reports. NBCOlympics.com said that both her A and B samples have come back positive and that the substance was believed to be a stimulant. She was tested at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha last month, and a penalty for a doping offense can result in a two-year ban.
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January 18, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Hardy quit school at California to come home and train with Dave Salo at USC because, she says, he's the only coach who can keep swimming fun for her. Otherwise she'd be bored to tears. Jason Lezak used to be coached by Salo. Now Lezak, 32, trains by himself in an empty Irvine pool in the middle of the day. Hardy says Lezak is crazy and if she did that she'd put together an outline of a program every day and do half. Lezak says he's too old and grumpy to train with a group any more.
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April 25, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Dave Salo watched his swimmer show up for work every morning in the fall of 2008, armed with more than determination and a desire to erase the past and push the fast-forward button four years. But Jessica Hardy was not going to be able to settle or solve her issues in 24.48 seconds or 1:04.45, her personal bests in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 breaststroke. No amount of training, in or out of the pool, was going to influence the Court of Arbitration for Sport or the IOC regarding future Olympic eligibility for the Long Beach native, who missed the 2008 Games because of a positive drug test.
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August 21, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
From wavering confidence a couple of weeks ago to a dazzling four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. But that's not the complete journey Jessica Hardy of Long Beach was talking about Saturday night in Irvine. "It's really, really, really, really gratifying," she said. "Being forced to sit for a year and struggling emotionally the past year, I'm really happy to have gotten the confidence and just everything is clicking and I'm loving it. " On a night of bright smiles around the pool, perhaps hers best defined the word incandescent.
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June 23, 2005 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Spurred by a thunderous roar that resounded more loudly across the pool deck with each push and pull through the water, Jessica Hardy moved ever closer to the wall and an elusive goal. "I was hoping to leave a mark," said Hardy, a Long Beach Wilson swimmer competing in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Southern Section Division I championships. "Hoping to do something to have people remember." Mission accomplished. Hardy finished in 59.
SPORTS
June 13, 2004 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Hardy sees Olympic rings in her future. After watching her swim circles around the competition this season, others can see why. "She's at a whole other level from the rest of the kids," said Maggi Twinem, her coach at Long Beach Wilson. "We were very fortunate that she even swam with us this year." Hardy set a national high school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute 0.41 seconds, breaking the mark of 1:00.74 set by Kristen Woodring of West Lawn (Penn.
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