After a few weeks of well-reported
rumors that Lance Armstrong was going to confess, he publicly admitted to years of doping in the first of a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey. [more inside]
posted by entropone
on Jan 18, 2013 -
The USADA published its "Reasoned Decision" in the case against Lance Armstrong. It reads, as The Inner Ring
said, like "a crime novel
" and has a cast of the who's who of American cycling: Hincapie
, Andreu, Vande Velde
, Hamilton (YT)
, Landis, Swart, Barry
. 200+ pages. It's all there
posted by thomsplace
on Oct 10, 2012 -
The Great Chess Doping Scandal Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping. The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban... [He] has been a grandmaster for the past 20 years and is currently ranked third in the world. [more inside]
posted by caddis
on Dec 12, 2008 -
Bjarne Riis, current coach of premier cycling squad Team CSC, used drugs to win the Tour in 1996
. His protege, Ivan Basso, was suspended from Team CSC before last year's Tour for suspicion of doping. Team Discovery hired Basso to fill Lance Armstrong's seat as captain, but Basso quit
shortly before he had a chance to win his second consecutive Giro d'Italia, and is out for the season, if not permanently. The conclusion of Floyd Landis's appeals
to reinstate his 2006 Tour victory will wait until some time after this year's Tour de France. Jan Ullrich capped a good but unsatisfying career by retiring early and under a cloud. Several of Ullrich's former Deutch Telekom/T-Mobile teammates, including Erik Zabel, admitted to doping
, and the team masseur claims to have personally administered EPO to Ullrich. Ullrich, Basso, numerous other leading riders, and the majority of some team rosters continue to be under suspicion as the Operación Puerto
EPO lab investigation grinds onward. It might be the best time ever to market a competition road bike called the Addict
. (previously, previously, oh-so-very previously, )
posted by ardgedee
on May 27, 2007 -
Supersized in the NFL
Analyzing data from the 2003-2004 season, researchers say "more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified them as class 2 obesity
" -- equivalent to a 6-foot man weighing between 260 and 300 pounds.
Even those players weren't the biggest ones: the study counted more than 60 players
-- 3 percent -- with body mass indexes placing them into class 3 obesity
, with individual weights approaching 400 pounds.
"I don't know what's going on in the minds of coaches", said lead researcher Dr. Joyce Harp
, an assistant professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Players' growing girth "is a major concern," said Dr. Arthur Roberts
, a former NFL quarterback and retired heart surgeon (.pdf file)
whose Living Heart Foundation
works with the players' union to evaluate heart-related health risks faced by current and retired players. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 1, 2005 -
Over the past few years, doping in sports has grown into an arms race of biology, chemistry, and technology as atheletes attempt to push their limits and escape detection. While it's hard to estimate how widespread the problem is or how much it actually improves one's performance, one amateur athelete for Outside Magazine decided to test the latest on himself
as he spent 8 months training for an ultramarathon cycling event. The article also notes pro-cheating sites
filled with atheletes trading stories
of their own programs. Disturbing stuff, when you think of all the records being broken in sports these days. As Rafe
says, this might be one of the most important sports articles ever written. note: it's a long article, but worth it.
posted by mathowie
on Oct 27, 2003 -
"the biggest anti-doping program in Olympic history."
``I'm very pleased,'' International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch said of the doping withdrawals. ``I'm very happy. This is very good news. It shows the new system for detecting doping substances will work very well. ... The objective is to have clean games."
Detecting doping? With what? Like a radar, err.. dopler?
posted by tiaka
on Sep 6, 2000 -