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Moanalua alum Stephany Lee booted out of Olympics after drug test

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DES MOINES, Iowa >> U.S. wrestler Stephany Lee has been suspended for a year and must give her up spot on the Olympic team after testing positive for marijuana.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday says Lee tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite, at the Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City on April 21.

Lee, a Moanalua alum who also tested positive for marijuana in 2009, has accepted the sanctions. She must forfeit any medals, points or prizes dating back to her positive test.

Ali Bernard, who lost to Lee in a best-of-three championship series at the Olympic Trials at 72 kilograms, has been declared the trials champion and has been nominated to represent the United States in London.

Her Moanalua high school coach Joel Kawachi said Lee had contacted him before the official release.

"She wanted to make sure I knew before it came out," Kawachi said. "She knows she has hurt the people of Hawaii, how much she has let them down, all the people who have given her so much support, so much aloha.

Lee was a three-time state champion at Moanalua (2000-02).

 

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