If Sisyphus swam then his career might have looked like Jessica Hardy's did after she failed to qualify for the London Olympics in her signature event, the 100-meter breaststroke. Hardy's U.S. Swim Trials defeat may have confirmed her critics' worst opinions. Already a world record holder in the breaststroke, Hardy qualified for the 2008 Games but never reached Beijing, withdrawing after testing positive for a banned substance. Although it was later ruled she unknowingly ingested a tainted supplement - one produced by a sponsor - Hardy faced a one-year suspension. Training all the while, Hardy arrived at the 2012 Trials primed for success.
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