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Friday 26, Oct 2012

  Hockey Athlete Accepts Sanction

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Hockey athlete accepts sanction

According to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA), Pamela Spuehler of Chula Vista, CA, an athlete in the sport of field hockey, has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

The 25-year-old accepted a suspension for her doping offense after testing positive for Canrenone, a diuretic, as the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on September 14, 2011.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, diuretics are prohibited.

A two-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Spuehler that began on September 28, 2011, the day USADA received notice of the adverse finding, and will end on November 30, 2011. The hockey athlete is also disqualified from all results obtained on or subsequent to September 14, 2011, the day her urine sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Pam Spuehler clarified that she accepted a sanction of two months for the inadvertent use of a prescription diuretic. She has used a used a prescription medication, under the care and instruction of her doctor, for a medical condition since 2006 and remarked that she did not knew that the prescription medication contained a banned diuretic and is used for masking the presence of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs. She represented her medical history to the United States Anti-doping Agency that agreed to reduce her suspension to two months, ending on November 30. Spuehler stated that her mistake is a reminder to all athletes that they need to be very careful with whatever they take even if prescribed by their family doctor. The hockey star said she is determined to come back to competition and prove that her success is because of hard work and discipline and nothing else.

She was recently hired by Ohio Field Hockey as its new assistant coach in the spring of 2012. Pamela Spuehler arrived in Athens after serving as assistant coach for the Boston University, stints with top-level hockey leagues in Australia and Germany, and playing for the USA National Team. A three-time All-American for the Terriers and the first four-time all-conference selection and one of the most decorated players in Boston University field hockey history, Spuehler was nominated as a senior for the Honda Award, given annually to the top collegiate field hockey player in the country.

Spuehler was one of four collegiate players invited to play with the USA B Team for its matches against Japan and Canada in March 2008 in San Diego and a key member of the New England HPC squad that captured its first-ever title at the National Championship in 2007. She was named the recipient of the 2008 Mildred Barnes Award, signifying the top female athlete at the Boston University and helped the Terriers claim three straight conference titles and was twice named the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship (2006, 2007). The midfielder, as a senior, scored a team-best 37 points on 11 goals and 15 assists to help BU reach the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 1991.

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Sunday 23, Sep 2012

  US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

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US Soccer Goalkeeper Accepts Public Warning

U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test. The 30-year-old accepted the warning and was still made a part of the United States soccer team in the Olympic tournament.

In a statement, Solo said she took a medication that was prescribed by her personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and she was not aware of the diuretic properties of the medication. She added that she immediately cooperated with USADA as soon as she was informed of this fact and using the medication was an honest mistake. U.S. Soccer also issued a statement to express its support for the goalkeeper and said it fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process.

Canrenone is classified as a specified substance and its presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction. It is marketed under the brand names Contaren and Luvion and an aldosterone antagonist with additional anti-androgen properties that is used as a diuretic in Europe. It is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Hope Solo published her best-selling autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope after the 2012 London Olympics, where she received her second Olympic gold medal. The autobiography debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list, which is the highest ever for a soccer book.

Born in Richland, Washington on July 30, 1981, she scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996–1998 and a state championship in her senior year and switched to the goalkeeper position at the University of Washington. Solo’s senior debut came in an 8–0 win over Iceland at Davidson, North Carolina in April 2000 and she was named in the Olympic team in 2004. She was an important part of the U.S. women’s team that won the gold medal by defeating Brazil 1–0 in extra time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. During the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she won the “Golden Glove” award for best goalkeeper and the “Bronze Ball” award for her overall performance and featured in the “All-star” team of the tournament.

Considered one of the world’s top goalkeepers, Hope Solo has been the regular U.S. keeper for nearly six years. She famously criticized the move of Coach Greg Ryan during the 2007 World Cup in China when Ryan benched her against Brazil for veteran Briana Scurry, a hero of the 1999 world champions. The United States was routed 4-0 and Solo said leaving her behind was a wrong decision. This prompted Ryan to dismiss her from the world Cup team and the keeper was not allowed on the bench for the third-place game and flew back home from China on her own. After this controversy, Pia Sundhage took over as coach and Solo has remained her top goalkeeper ever since then.

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