Oussama Mellouli the Tunisian swimmer, who swam at the University of Southern California, should send flowers to FINA, the governing agency of swimming. FINA meted out an 18 month doping suspension, rather than the standard 24 month ban. Mellouli used Adderall to study (which itself is academic abuse) before a huge world meet. He tested positive for amphetamine, which wiped out a world championship and wiped out his career up to that point. However, the 18 month suspension did allow the Tunisian swimmer to compete and win in the 1500 freestyle, at Beijing.
Today, Ous Mellouli is both a fortunate and unfortunate athlete. But, weighing the possibilities that could have emerged, he is more lucky than not. Next year, he'll have the chance to compete at the Olympic Games and once again prove his worth on a major stage. Considering how close he was to not having that chance, he can count his blessings.
So Mellouli passed his exam and swam for an 'A' in the Cube in Beijing. Pay attention to the Adderall from now on.
Oh yeah this headline over at Let's Run: Enjoy the Olympics as the World May Be Ending Soon