Silver lining

A very interesting article in the New York Times about some of the athletes who missed out on gold (and other) medals because of drug cheats.

I especially like the quote from swimmer Allison Wagner: “I always felt confident in my assessment of people I was racing against,” Wagner said, “and the people suspected of cheating, they looked different when they moved their muscles, their joints, their bodies.”

This can be applied to the amateur triathlons I race. When I look at the participants, I’ve got a pretty good idea of who is on the special sauce, because they really do look different and move differently. And then there are the times and performances that just do not match the age of the participant.

Then again, if the Olympics can’t get clean, how can sports at all other levels hope to get clean?

 

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