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Shelby Houlihan crosses the finish line as she wins the women's 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, July 28, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
East grad Shelby Houlihan crosses the finish line of the 5,000-meter run during a race in Portland, Ore., in July. Houlihan lowered her American record in the event to 14:23.92 in 2020.
Sioux City East grad Shelby Houlihan kneels by the board showing the time of her new American record in the 5,000-meter run. Houlihan set the record in July during the Portland Intrasquad Meet II in Portland, Ore. She broke her old record by almost 11 seconds. Also pictured is Karissa Schweizer, who finished in second.
Shelby Houlihan, right, hugs teammate Karissa Schweizer after Houlihan broke her own 5,000-meter run record in 14:23.92 in July in Portland, Ore. Houlihan and Schweizer, both from Iowa, are the only two American women to run the race under 14:30.
Shelby Houlihan runs ahead of Karissa Schweizer, right, during the women's 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Championships athletics meet in July 2019 in Des Moines.
Shelby Houlihan (far left) competes in the women's 1500-meter heats at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Houlihan advanced to the semifinals with a time of 4 minutes, 8.51 seconds.
Former Olympian Shelby Houlihan's lawyer believes that she has been wronged.
On Monday news broke that Houlihan, a Sioux City East High School graduate, had been suspended from competition for four years due to a positive test for the banned substance Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid that is sometimes found in pork. Houlihan blames the positive test result on a burrito that she consumed roughly 10 hours before giving a urine sample.
"First of all, the objective evidence supports her," Paul Greene of Global Sports Advocates said. "All of the urinary markers prove that this is what happened, and the rules weren’t followed. The rules are what they are."
With her suspension, Houlihan will not be going to the Olympics this year, and possibly not even in 2024.
Greene strongly believes in Houlihan's innocence.