World-class athletes in many sports are subject to random drug tests in order to ensure that everyone is competing on a level playing field. The United States Anti-Doping Agency took things to a different level on Monday night as skier Lindsey Vonn was pulled off the red carpet to provide a urine sample, according to NESN:
Report: Lindsey Vonn Asked to Give Drug Test Sample at Fashion Awards Event in New York City http://t.co/NQy64s4L3n— NESN (@NESN) June 5, 2013
Vonn was attending the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York City, according to the New York Post. It was there that she received a call from the USADA and was forced to go to the bathroom and produce a urine sample in accordance with the agency's anti-doping rules.
Did the USADA go too far in testing Vonn at a red-carpet event?
Vonn is currently working her way back from a serious knee injury suffered during a race on Feb. 5 as she tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee. She is training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, after winning a gold and a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
While the USADA's choice of venue may seem a bit odd, the organization's media relations manager, Annie Skinner, told the New York Post that it is standard operations procedure to test at any time and in any location:
Lindsey Vonn has participated in the USADA out-of-competition testing pool for more than 12 years. As part of her participation, she provided USADA with her location information indicating she would be in New York and we performed a test collection on her there.
This real-life example demonstrates the commitment of our elite Olympic athletes and the accommodations they make for the inconvenience of drug testing, in order to ensure the ideals of clean sport are upheld.
Vonn certainly didn't seem rattled by the situation, as she tweeted on Tuesday that she had a great time at the awards show with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley.
It's probably difficult for most people to imagine being drug tested at the drop of a hat, but Vonn has been subject to the USADA's regulations for a long time, so the random test was nothing too extreme for the Olympian to handle.
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