US pairs skater Calalang cleared of drug violation

In elite figure skating, makeup can be as important a tool as a boot and blade.

It also can sideline an Olympic contender.

Jessica Calalang, a U.S. pairs skater and potential member of the team for next February’s Winter Games in Beijing, recently had a suspension from the sport overturned. Calalang had tested positive for a banned substance in January at the national championships, and it took eight months for her name to be cleared.

Those eight months were fraught with uncertainty, marked by extensive searches for what could have caused her to test positive for 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (4-CPA), a known metabolite of meclofenoxate, a USADA-prohibited stimulant.


“We were kind of retracing our steps and trying to figure what could it possibly be,” Calalang says. “We’ve been elite athletes for quite a while and are very aware of what we…

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