Hope Solo fails drug test: Why is she still playing in the Summer Olympics?

hope-solo.jpg Hope Solo's failed drug test won't bar her from playing in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The star goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team recently tested positive for a banned substance -- the diuretic canrenone -- from an out-of competition urine sample she provided June 15.

Instead of barring Solo from the Olympic Games, however, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued a public warning, a reduced sanction that seems to support Solo's claim that she made "an honest mistake."

"I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," the "Dancing With the Stars" semifinalist said in a press statement today.

"Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.

"As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

In fact, Solo and her teammates are aboard a plane right now headed across the pond. Considered strong contenders for the gold medal, the USA women's team is scheduled to play their first match against France July 25 in Glasgow
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