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U.S. Downhiller Swanguen Popped for Pot

U.S. downhiller J.D. Swanguen will serve a three-month suspension for testing positive for pot, anti-doping officials announced Tuesday.

Swanguen, 20, tested positive for Carboxy THC, a metabolite of marijuana or hash, in a sample collected on July 19 during the National Mountain Bike Championships at SolVista in Colorado, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Swanguen, of San Diego, accepted a three-month period of ineligibility, which began on Oct. 9, the day he accepted the sanction, according to an USADA release. As part of his sanction the period of ineligibility can be suspended and reduced to time served since Swanguen accepted his sanction on Oct. 9, upon completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program.

As a result of the doping violation, Swanguen has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on the date of his positive test through the date the doping education program is completed, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the Union Cycliste Internationale, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

Pot and hash are listed because they could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation, and therefore use of those substances can result in a reduced sanction, according to the USADA.

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