It was bad enough that Tara Kirk missed her spot on the Olympic Swimming Team by 0.01 of a second, and worse still that one of the women who beat her -- Jessica Hardy -- might lose her berth due to a positive drug test (which she is appealing), but now the New York Times has dropped a bombshell:
According to Kirk, USA Swimming found out Hardy had failed a drug test last Monday. That is a crucial fact, because Monday was the deadline to submit team rosters for the 2008 Olympics.
If USA Swimming knew Hardy had failed a drug test, why didn't they submit Kirk's name as an alternate, in case Hardy lost her drug test appeal?
This will all be a moot issue if Hardy wins her appeal. But what if she doesn't? Then Kirk will be denied her Olympic dream because of a careless oversight. That would be very disappointing.