Disqualified Olympic Prospect Blames Bad Burrito

“I believe in the sport and pushing your body to the limit just to see where the limit is. I’m not interested in cheating.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Years of training and preparation to reach the Tokyo Olympics are out the window for Shelby Houlihan, an American runner, because of a positive drug test.

She says a pork burrito is to blame.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a four-year suspension that took effect on Monday for Houlihan, who holds American records for 1,500- and 5,000-meter races and tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

The court’s move finalized a decision that worked its way through track and field’s anti-doping system as Houlihan unsuccessfully argued that pork from a burrito she purchased at a food truck near her home in Beaverton, Ore., led to her positive test in December.

“I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I’ve loved and poured myself into just to see how good I was,” Houlihan, 28, said in an Instagram post that shared details about her suspension.

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The suspension disqualifies Houlihan from the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., which are scheduled to begin on Friday, and means she cannot earn a spot in the Tokyo Games beginning late July.

Houlihan said she was informed of her test result on Jan. 14 by the Athletics Integrity Unit, which manages drug testing for World Athletics, the global governing body for track and field.

“When I got that email, I had to read it over about ten times and google what it was that I had just tested positive for,” she said in the post. “I had never even heard of nandrolone.”

She made a list of all the food she consumed the week of Dec. 15, when the drug test was done, and eventually concluded that the burrito — eaten about 10 hours before her sample was taken — led to the positive test.

“Pig organ meat (offal) has the highest levels of nandrolone,” she said … Click here to read more. 

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nandrolone, also known as 19-nortestosterone, is an androgen and anabolic steroid (AAS) which is used in the form of esters such as nandrolone decanoate (brand name Deca-Durabolin) and nandrolone phenylpropionate (brand name Durabolin).

Nandrolone esters are used in the treatment of anemias, cachexia (wasting syndrome), osteoporosis, breast cancer, and for other indications. They are not used by mouth and instead are given by injection into muscle or fat …

Non-medical uses

Nandrolone esters are used for physique- and performance-enhancing purposes by competitive athletes, bodybuilders, and powerlifters … Read more. 

Tripe: Is It Good for You?

WebMD – Tripe, also known as offal, is a cut of meat that comes from the stomach lining of farm animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, and goats. Cultures around the world have long been using it as a healthy source of protein. It can be found in the traditional cuisine of Asia, Africa, Europe, and parts of the Americas.

Tripe is most commonly eaten in dishes like soups, stews, sauced foods, and sausages. Because of its distinctive scent and mild flavor, it’s typically heavily spiced and combined with other flavorful foods.

Aside from tripe being a useful form of protein, it’s also loaded with essential nutrients. Scientists have found that it may be a beneficial addition to a healthy diet, as long as it’s enjoyed in moderation.

Nutrition Information

A single three-ounce serving of cooked tripe contains:

  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 10 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams

Tripe is an excellent source of:

  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Niacin
  • Choline
  • Zinc

Tripe is an excellent source of selenium as well. Studies have shown that selenium is an important part of your body’s signaling and defense systems. Getting enough selenium in your diet has been linked to a reduced risk of certain heart conditions, infertility, and arthritis.

Potential Health Benefits of Tripe

Tripe is a potent cut of meat that contains many vitamins and minerals. When consumed in moderate amounts, it can offer a number of potential health benefits … Read more. 


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