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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