Stephany Lee, an Olympic wrestler, has been removed from the US Olympic team after testing positive for marijuana. She will not be allowed to participate in the Summer games in London.
On Thursday evening, the US Anti-Doping agency announced that tetrahydrocannibinol acid was found in the athlete’s system. Tetrahydrocannabinol acid is a marijuana metabolite. The offending sample was taken on April 21 at the Olympic Trials in Iowa.
This is not Lee’s first violation for marijuana use. In May 2009, the US Anti-Doping agency announced that Lee had tested positive at the US Open for Carboxy THC, a marijuana metabolite.
Lee spoke out in a US Anti-Doping agency press release. “I apologize to US Wrestling, my teammates, my coaches, and everyone who supported me for my mistake. I will continue to train, and hope to be able to represent my country at the 2016 Olympic Games.”
The 27 year old athlete will be suspended from wrestling for one year.
Lee will be replaced by Ali Bernard, who is the next-highest ranked wrestler in the 158.5 pound weight class. Bernard came in fifth place in the 2008 Olympics. At the trials in April, Lee beat Bernard 2-0 in a best of three match. The London Olympics begin on July 27.