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Phelps, American Swimmers Connected to Performance Enhancing Drugs

Here is a headline that isn’t out there yet, but I would not be the slightest bit surprised to see it in near future.

If you haven’t heard, USA swimmers are routinely shattering records at this year’s Worldphelps.jpg Championships in Melbourne, Australia.  ESPN.com has a terribly written story on what has been going on at the Championships that you can check it out if you dare.

As impressive as the performances are that are happening this week in Australia, I can’t help but have the above headline come to mind.  Maybe it’s just me, but there has been so much talk about steriods and growth hormone being connected to professional athletes that I become skeptical of any great performance.  I don’t want to believe that athletes are on the juice, but I have a feeling that is more related to my desire for pure sport than reality. 

Floyd Landis and his miracle ride, Gary Mathews Jr. going from barely on a roster to an All Star, and Barry Bonds’ head growing to the size of a watermellon can all be explained by hard work and natural physiology, right? 

I would like to think so.

So maybe we’ll never have to read a headline like this, and I hope we don’t.  But if we do, you heard it here first.

Photo courtesy of SI.com

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March 30, 2007 - Posted by | Sports, Steriods, Swimming

9 Comments »

  1. As much as I hate to belittle athletic accomplishments as guilty until proven innocent, I have to agree with you. In the modern climate you have to suspect everyone. Though, I personally think Phelps is clean.

    Comment by tyduffy | March 30, 2007

  2. Well, you’re not far off. Change the name to Thorpe, and the nationality to Australian, and you’ll be up to speed on a breaking story.

    - Rant

    Comment by Daniel M | March 30, 2007

  3. I’m a little suspect of any positive dope test. The powers that be have been operating with inpunity for so long they have left their house in complete disorder. Different results for the same tests at different labs and governing bodies refusing access to test results are but a few of the problems that need to be resolved before I’ll believe in the existing system.

    Comment by Danny Boy | March 31, 2007

  4. It is an incredible stretch of events for American swimmers at the worlds right now, particularly Michael Phelps. It is only a matter of time before someone cries wolf, and from that point we’ll see who tested positive for what. As a comment above me notes, Ian Thorpe has had his name tied to performance enhancing drugs this week already. It’s sorry to see, but it is hard to know who to believe in the world of sports these days.

    Comment by ripismoney | March 31, 2007

  5. Somehow I doubt it looking at him. He is such a skinny little nothing to look at. Even his muscles are small/

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