What’s It Like To See Your Olympic Dreams Dashed By Virtue Of A Positive Drug Test? Read the In-Depth Exclusive Interview with Jessica Hardy in Swimming World

PHOENIX, Arizona, August 3. YOU have spent every waking moment of your swimming career working toward the ultimate goal of representing your country as an Olympian. You've conquered the pressure cooker of the U.S. Olympic Trials and have qualified to be a member of the U.S. Olympic team headed for Beijing and the 2008 Games. You test positive.

That's exactly what happened to Jessica Hardy last summer. Hardy was at the top of the mountain after qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. However, within a short period of time after the Trials had concluded, she learned that she had tested positive for the banned stimulant clenbuterol, which would put an end to any hopes she had of competing in Beijing.

Since these events transpired, Hardy has been on a journey few others have experienced. Get an insight on her story, in her own words, as she reveals what she has been able to take from this episode in her life.

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August 2009 Issue
Contents of The August issue:

7 REMEMBERING RICHARD QUICK
Legendary swimming coach Richard Quick passed away June 10 at the age of 66.
8 NEXT STOP: ROME by Peter H. Bick
U.S. swimmers set three world records and an additional seven American and two U.S. Open marks at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, which also served as the qualifying meet for the World Championships in Rome.
12 ONE OF AMERICA'S FINEST by Jason Marsteller
Not only is Dagny Knutson of Minot High School in North Dakota the top female high school swimmer of the year, but she is also among the elite women swimmers in the United States.
14 SUPER SHIELDS by Brian Savard
Edison's Tom Shields (Calif.), who broke the national high school record in the 200 yard free this past season, was named Swimming World Magazine's male High School Swimmer of the Year.
16 CELEBRATING 50+ YEARS IN AQUATICS: 1985-88
by Jeff Commings
As we celebrate 50+ years in aquatics, Swimming World Magazine will be taking a trip through history, highlighting some of the top moments of the magazine's existence.
18 THEN AND NOW by Jeff Commings
With her double gold performance in Beijing and a world record in the women's 800 free, Britain's Rebecca Adlington is the new reigning queen of distance swimming, a title once held by the USA's Janet Evans.
20 JESSICA HARDY: IN HER OWN WORDS by Jason Marsteller
Jessica Hardy, who was dismissed from the U.S. Olympic team last summer for testing positive for the banned stimulant, clenbuterol, talks about her intense, emotional experience.

DEPARTMENTS:
6 A VOICE for the SPORT
35 FOR THE RECORD
43 CALENDAR
46 PARTING SHOT

In the Swimming Technique portion of the magazine you will find the following:

27 Q&A WITH COACH NICK NICHOLS, AMHERST COLLEGE by Michael J. Stott
29 HOW THEY TRAIN: Kendra Stern by Michael J. Stott
30 BUTTERFLY START, KICKOUT AND TURN demonstrated by Triin Aljand, Texas A&M

In the SWIM portion of the magazine you will find the following:

24 THE POOL'S EDGE: Relax! by Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen
What is the key to swimming faster with less effort? It's simple: RELAX!
26 LANE LEADERS: Lisa Dahl by Emily Sampl

In the Junior Swimmer portion of the magazine you will find the following:
32 NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD SETTER: Seth Beer
34 SPEEDO AMERICAN RELAY by Judy Jacob

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