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October 30, 2007

False Positive

False Positive

After years of training, swimmer Kicker Vencill was on the verge of achieving his childhood dream of representing his country at the Olympics. In 2003, he was swimming some of his best times and had qualified for the Pan-American Games. But all that came crashing to a halt when a drug test came back positive for a banned substance. Kicker was nearly sick to his stomach. He was suspended for four years, and missed out on both the Pan Am Games and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Like many athletes caught cheating, Kicker claimed he was innocent. But unlike most, he was in fact innocent of taking performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, he'd never heard of the substances that were found in his urine. Still, Kicker was about to give up the fight when his parents suggested he have his multivitamin supplements privately tested. It turns out that the vitamins contained substances related to steroids - only there was nothing on the label indicating as much. He sued the company and won.

Kicker talks with Dick Gordon about how the experience tarnished his credibility, and how he got back into competing. He's now working to realize a lifelong dream of making the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Your Story - Cynthia Herber

Born and raised Jewish in Mexico City, Cynthia Herber couldn’t avoid the traditions of Mexican Catholicism. When she was 28, a friend’s mother gave Cynthia a small statue of St. Anthony to help her find a husband. Cynthia obliged the woman by going to church, saying the appropriate prayer and placing the St. Anthony statue upside down and backwards in her apartment.

Not long after, Cynthia found a husband - a rabbi.

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