I don’t understand why people are defending the pothead athlete with weird nails. If she’s so hopelessly addicted that she can’t stay off drugs even when a trip to the Olympics is at stake, she should definitely not be going anywhere but to rehab. This is not a casual user. Is there a mood-altering substance you couldn’t give up temporarily for a professional opportunity of a lifetime?
No, it’s not a performance-enhancing drug. It’s a drug that – especially in somebody this severely addicted – can cause erratic behavior, violence, psychosis, etc. And this is not even counting what might happen if she can’t immediately access the drug and starts jonesing. Why are very unwell people like this woman needed at the Olympics?
It’s also disappointing that instead of inspiring us to lead healthy lives, the Olympics are parading a cast of unhealthy weirdos. First, it was a man on a women’s weightlifting team. Then a neurotic hammer thrower. Now there’s a junkie on the runners’ team. I’m sure the majority of athletes are normal people but nobody talks about them.