The Week That Was: Madisyn Cox Doping Suspension Reduced To Six Months

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This week Madisyn Cox, one of the rising stars of the United States, had her doping violation sentence reduced from two years to just six months after a tainted supplement was discovered as the cause for her failed test. Read about the details on that case and the other biggest stories from the week in the week that was!

The Week That Was #5 – Rikako Ikee Named MVP Of Asian Games

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Japanese teenage swimmer Rikako Ikee was named the MVP of the 2018 Asian Games this week, earning a $50,000 prize from meet organizers. The 18-year old picked up eight total medals during the meet in Jakarta, Indonesia, including six gold medals and two silvers. That is the most medals by an individual since North Korean shooter So Gin-man, who won seven gold medals and a silver in 1982. Ikee is just the fourth Japanese swimmer to be named MVP of the meet, and is the first female athlete to ever win the award since its inception in 1998.

The Week That Was #4 – IOC And IPC Officials Very Pleased With 2028 Preparations

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Officials representing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) were “very pleased with the steps taken” regarding the preparations for the 2028 Olympics that are scheduled for Los Angeles. Members of each committee visited the city this week to check in with since they were officially awarded the Games in September of last year, according to Inside the Games. The IOC and IPC visited the three venues–the LA Memorial Coliseum (home of USC football), the new LA stadium (future home of the LA Rams and Chargers), and the Banc of California Stadium (home of LA football club) during their inspection of the city’s progress. All of those venues are scheduled to be used for the 2028 Games.

The Week That Was #3 – Cate Campbell Pens Open Letter To ‘Keyboard Warriors’

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This week Australian swimmer Cate Campbell wrote an open letter addressing the mountain of criticism that she has faced online since her disappointing performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Campbell was the world record holder in the 100 free heading into the Rio Olympics, and in her own words “choked” in the final, finishing a disappointing sixth. Campbell used her letter as a way to openly tackle the negative influence that social media can have on users, and also encouraged people on those platforms to use them to spread positivity. You can read Campbell’s full letter here.

The Week That Was #2 – Federica Pellegrini Hints At Potential Retirement

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In a brief interview excerpt from an Italian website, Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Champion Federica Pellegrini hinted that she is considering retiring from competitive swimming. Saying she is “seriously thinking about leaving swimming,” Pellegrini explained her heart is telling her to stop, while her head is telling her to continue with her career. The recently turned 30-year-old expects to have a final decision soon, saying “By autumn I will decide what to do with my life.” Pellegrini is the reigning World Champion in the 200 freestyle, memorably running down Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky last summer to take the gold and get her seventh straight World Championship medal in the event. She is the only athlete, male or female, to have won seven straight World Championship medals in the same event.

The Week That Was #1 – Madisyn Cox Doping Suspension Reduced To Six Months

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This week Madisyn Cox’s 2-year doping suspension was reduced down to six months after she proved that the banned substance she ingested was present in a multivitamin called Cooper Complete Elite Athlete. Cox had listed the multivitamin as a product she was ingesting back in February of 2018 on her doping control forms, shortly before her positive test. Citing her coach, Carol Capitani, as a main support system during the ongoing saga following her positive test, Cox detailed her anger, confusion, and resolve in an interview with Swimming World shortly after learning her sentence had been reduced. While Coz is eligible to return to competition as of September 3rd, since she was ineligible to compete at U.S. Nationals she will not have an opportunity to make an international team for the United States until 2020.

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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