Bernard grateful for second chance in London

LONDON (AP) – Roughly three months ago, U.S. wrestler Ali Bernard was on her parents’ couch in Minnesota thinking she had blown her last chance for an Olympic medal.

Bernard was heavily favored to represent the U.S. at the London Games after taking fifth at the 2008 Beijing Games and bronze at the 2011 world championships. But Stephany Lee took the American spot at 72 kilograms with a surprising and decisive win over Bernard at the U.S. Olympic trials in Iowa City.

Then Lee got popped for pot. Continue reading at

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