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By far one the most bizarre events at the Olympics that year was the marathon. Ultimately, English-born Tom Hicks was named the winner. However, Hicks didn’t have the exciting victory that one might dream of. Hicks had such a horrible race he never raced again after the event. Like the other runners, he was deeply affected by the heat and dust, but his two-man support team wouldn’t give him any water. Instead, they gave him a shot of egg whites and strychnine, which was a popular performance supplement at the time.

In 1904, St. Louis Hosted the First Olympics on American Soil

?It was Kind of a Mess?

We know strychnine as a poison, but in the right dose, it can act as a stimulant, too. It was so popular in the Victorian era that athletes would dope up using strychnine or coca leaves before events. The first US Olympics had their marathon won by a man who made it across the finish line driven by brandy, strychnine, and egg whites (and another who was just driven), and it was also common practice in a strange sport called ?the wobbles.?

The 1904 Olympics, the first to be held on U.S. soil ? in St. Louis, Missouri, and they were a mess. Doping, shameful ?Anthropology Days? competitions among ?savages? and minimal international participation were a recipe for a games that the Wall Street Journal once dubbed ?Comedic, Disgraceful And ‘Best Forgotten.??

You can’t really fault the multiple instances of cheating during the 1904 St. Louis Olympics marathon since it was basically a 26-mile Benny Hill skit that included one top contender being chased off the course by wild dogs, and another running in wingtips and trousers.?The original winner of the race was Fred Lorz, a future Boston Marathon winner who led for nine miles before dropping out due to cramps, and then, after accepting a ride to the stadium, figured he’d play a joke on the crowd and jog triumphantly to the winner’s circle.

He even received the champion’s wreath from President Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter before admitting to his hitchhiking. So instead, American Thomas Hicks, who was kept upright for ten miles by regular doses of strychnine and brandy, and who was effectively carried across the finish line by his coaches, won the gold because no one wanted to see the French second place finisher walk away with the victory.

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All Blacks and doping – the kind of mud that must not stick

Patrick Tuipulotu has tested positive for a banned substance. ?And the All Blacks have gone into a media lock-down.

In a joint statement, NZR and the Rugby Players Association said the 24-year-old lock forward was provisionally suspended, according to World Rugby Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations, after learning of the test in November 2016. Read more »

An Olympics without Russia? I have a better solution

Russia’s athletics team are not likely to be at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen.

After doping allegations last month, Russia were suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and must fulfil a set of provisos in order to be reinstated in international competition.

“They must have a cultural change,” Hansen told Athletics Weekly magazine.

“They must get rid of all those people from before. We know some good people in Russian athletics and I’m sure they will be elected.

“We hope that some new people will come in who really understand that this must be changed.”

A committee from the IAAF will visit Russia in January and will report back to the IAAF Council in Wales on March 27, just over four months before the Rio Olympics.

Every four years, we have two Olympics: ?the “normal” one, and the Paralympic one. ?But the problem with doping is such that we need three Olympics (or perhaps four, if doping is rife in the Paralympics too). Read more »

Busted Drug Cheat having a Sook

via The Guardian

Photograph: Michael Paulsen/AP via The Guardian

Lance Armstrong complains of ‘massive personal loss’ in doping fall-out…

The United States Anti-Doping Agency had accused Armstrong of conducting?”the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen”?and Armstrong said he would be prepared to take any punishment as long as it was on a level playing field: “If everyone gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty. ? Read more »


How your computer and Lance Armstrong are related

Sports Talk: NRL round 1

Round one of the NRL season kicks off in just a few hours tonight, unfortunately it will merely be an afterthought because of the controversy surrounding the Cronulla Sharks. At this stage the outlook for the Sharks doesn’t look good. Up to 14 players may have used a sports supplement that contained a banned substance. Players were told on Tuesday they had 48 hours to accept a 6 month voluntary suspension if they had used the banned drug, knowingly or otherwise, or face a 2 year ban if investigated and found guilty by ASADA.

“Richard Redman is very experienced and what he would be advising the players would be that – if they were involved and if they know that they were involved – that they should come forward and receive a mitigation in that penalty,” Ings told Fox Sports.

“If they wait, they could get a two-year ban.

“Anti-doping is a very, very complicated area and Richard Redman, I’d say, would be the best-credentialed lawyer in the anti-doping space in Australia.”

Ings said there was a very clear process followed by ASADA in attempting to weed out drug cheats.

“What the players need to realize is that this is a house of cards and, if they are involved in doping, there’ll be someone who will break ranks and people who break ranks are going to get the credit and the reduced penalty,” said Ings.

He reiterated that ignorance was no defense amid speculation Cronulla players could sue the club if suspended, saying they had taken supplements provided by an employee of the club in good faith. Read more »

I’m sure he did, liars usually do

Lance Armstrong has finally, sort of admitted to be a lying, cheating scum bag. And some of former team mates think he sounded sorry…of course he can easily sound sorry sitting on the millions he won by being a lying, cheating, doping scumbag…but hey…at least he sounded sorry.

Some of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates view his doping confession as an important step in helping cycling restore its damaged credibility, while his former rivals are largely indifferent to his admission of cheating.

After long refuting allegations of drug cheating, Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to using the blood-booster EPO, testosterone, and to having blood doped during his seven straight Tour wins from 1999-2005.

He has since been stripped of all those titles and banned from competing for life following a US Anti-Doping Agency report exposing the extent of his doping.? Read more »

Really? Well Shit, I had No Idea…

Looks like the drugs cheat denier may have come clean in his interview with Oprah Winfrey today:

Lance Armstrong, who for years vehemently denied cheating while winning a record seven Tours de France, told Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to advance his cycling career, according to media reports.

ABC News and USA Today, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday night that the former cyclist finally admitted to using steroids during an interview he and Winfrey taped Monday night in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin, Texas. Read more »

Drug Cheat

Lance Armstrong is a serial drug cheat. Evidence of his cheating is now a veritable avalanche:

[T]he evidence revealed ?conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy.?

The evidence against Armstrong features financial payments, e-mails, scientific analyses and laboratory test results that show Armstrong doped and was the kingpin of the doping conspiracy, the agency said. Several years of Armstrong?s blood values showed evidence of doping, the report said.

?It?s shocking, it?s disappointing,? said Travis Tygart, chief executive of the antidoping agency. ?But we did our job.?

Worse it was a state funded team-run doping?conspiracy.

While the criminal investigation is no more, an inquiry by the Department of Justice is continuing, sparked by Landis?s filing a federal whistle-blower lawsuit charging that Armstrong and the team management defrauded the government by using taxpayer dollars to finance the squad?s doping program.

He claimed that Armstrong and the team management were aware of the widespread doping on the team when the squad?s contract with the Postal Service clearly stated that any doping would constitute default of their agreement, said two people with knowledge of the case. Those people did not want their names published because the case is still under seal.

Landis filed the lawsuit under the False Claims Act, the people with knowledge of the matter said, and those suits give citizens the right and financial incentive to bring lawsuits on the government?s behalf.

If the government decides to join the lawsuit and recovers any money because of it, Landis will be eligible to receive a percentage of the money.

It is thought that?Landis?could scalp back around 30%.

The Freak Olympics? Ctd

? The Atlantic

Forget performance enhancing drugs, how about genetically modified?athletes? Forget?the?pretence…let’s have the Freak Olympics with no restrictions at all…it would be freakin’ awesome:

After Ye Shiwen shocked the Olympics with her performance in the 400 meter individual medley, swimming the last 50 meters faster than Ryan Lochte, the men’s champion in the event, a long-time American coach ominously hinted that perhaps a new kind of performance enhancement had arrived on the athletic scene.

“If there is something unusual going on in terms of genetic manipulation or something else, I would suspect over eight years science will move fast enough to catch it,” John Leonard, the American executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, said.

It’s important to note that there is no evidence that Ye engaged in any doping practice, let alone something as new and high-tech as genetic manipulation.

But, the fact that genetic manipulation was even on the table or in the ether as the example Leonard gave in his accusation is remarkable. So I set out to find out how scientifically plausible it might be for Ye — or any athlete — to enhance his or her performance with current gene doping technology.