Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Beauty of Sport, Part Two: Swimmer Jessica Hardy

Another Jessica - this time, swimmer Jessica Hardy of the United States.

Jessica Hardy endured a bit of bad luck to come back as a champion swimmer and make it as an Olympian.  She made the 2008 U.S. Olympic team but was subsequently dropped when a tainted supplement caused her to fail a drug test.  Banned for a year, she came back in 2009 to set two new world's records in the U.S. Open National Championships.  Three years ago this month, she set the world records in the 50-meter and 100-meter long course breaststrokes, the latter set three years ago today, August 7.  (A previous record Hardy set in in the 100-mater long course breaststroke had been broken by Australia's Leisel Jones.) Hardy holds a third swimming record in the 50-meter short course breaststroke, set in November 2009.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Hardy won a bronze medal as part of women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team.

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