October 17, 2003

"Undetectable" designer steroid at heart of US athletic doping scandal.: A scandal broken wide open by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Accusations of widespread conspiracy among "chemists, coaches and athletes. Past and future US Olympic prospects in doubt. Bay Area lab at the heart of the scandal (go, Bay Area!) that sold "supplements" to high-profile athletes including Barry Bonds, track athletes Marion Jones and Kellie White, and Oakland Raider Bill Romanowski. Friday Fun!

posted by worldcup2002 to general at 01:34 AM - 19 comments

I'm sorry I used "at the heart of the scandal" twice in that post. Because, from the bottom of my heart, I really don't like cliches, or repeating them. Cross my heart.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:37 AM on October 17, 2003

Of course, one would never mistake Bill Romanowski for a steroid user.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:39 AM on October 17, 2003

btw, we're talking about tetrahydrogestrinone (THG). According to the main article I posted, the athletes don't even have to inject it; just two to three drops taken under the tongue will do! Here's how a researcher at the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory identified the drug. OK, I'm done. Now, it's your turn!

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:47 AM on October 17, 2003

Great news. Let's find and ban the cheating bastards. Let's hope the USOC don't sweep this one under the carpet in the pursuit of medals in Athens.

posted by salmacis at 04:38 AM on October 17, 2003

1) Why don't people wise up. When Barry Bond's hat size grows larger along with someone's muscle mass, it's not because of some over-the-counter TwinLab crapola and some special workout routine. Do we always need conclusive proof that some of these people are juiced up on illegal or at the very least unethical stuff. 2) On the overnight ESPN Sportscenter, they showed a picture of the Romo's teammate that he beat up so badly that he couldn't play this year, and it was SICK. Far worse than Vito Antuofermo or Randall "Tex" Cobb. Even Romo and his wife were indicted of prescription drug fraud, (Romo and his wife walked as judged by a biased jury) yet no one can say outright that there's something not right with him. I mean, now Romo is peddling exercise machines. Unfortunately, no mention of human growth hormones are included. 3) Whatever happened to those evil genius East German sports performance scientists that became free agents after the fall of the Berlin wall? They were rumored to be helping along the Chinese women long distance runners, who as a pack throttled world records at that time. After that jig was up by the late 90s, I hadn't heard their whereabouts.

posted by GoDizzGo at 06:45 AM on October 17, 2003

The british heptathlete Denise Lewis recently appointed (and sacked) and old East German coach. She was quite heavily criticised for employing him too, especially as she hadn't competed since the 2000 Olympics, and had a baby recently, and suddenly, after just a few months training, came 6th in the world championships. (Not that there was anything sinister in this necessarily - the Heptathlon doesn't have the greatest strength in depth in the world - but it still seems stupid to employ someone with that sort of history - people are bound to jump to conclusions)

posted by dng at 07:56 AM on October 17, 2003

The web site for the World Anti-Doping Agency, which includes a sidebar to Reuters newswire stories specifically related to doping issues.

posted by smithers at 10:11 AM on October 17, 2003

Quit player-hating on Barry! Just because he's a good hitter does not mean he takes illegal supplements. Clearly, it is merely the case that his bones have been stitched with adamantium, possibly by some super-secret branch of the military.

posted by molafson at 12:39 PM on October 17, 2003

Well - this could get juicy. Keen!

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:47 PM on October 17, 2003

This could be the 'roid equivalent of the "Gold Club". By the bye, welcome molafson.

posted by lilnemo at 01:06 PM on October 17, 2003

I want to know the names of the 350 players who tested positive for THG. Authorities will not name them until tests run on "B samples" confirm the test results from the "A samples" taken from those athletes. All those who test positive in both cases will be banned for two years and ineligible for the 2004 Olympics.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:08 PM on October 17, 2003

btw, welcome molafson. Nice Wolverine reference there. But Barry Bonds is no Wolverine.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:11 PM on October 17, 2003

But Barry Bonds is no Wolverine. Sure, because if he was Wolverine the pitchers wouldn't dare throw him brushbacks. Plus he'd have hideous facial hair. And Barry is cleanshaven all over.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:07 PM on October 17, 2003

And Barry is cleanshaven all over. I'm not sure how you came by this info, Bill ... nor do I want to know.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:13 PM on October 17, 2003

But Barry Bonds is no Wolverine.
Are you kiddin' me?! Berry couldn't fill Puck's shoes!
...shoutout to my Canadian peeps...

posted by lilnemo at 02:23 PM on October 17, 2003

HA! Where's Samsonov? C'mon baby - tell me it ain't true - Cuz it is, cuz. you and yer cheatin' kind are going down... This could be the most shameful moment in American sporting history. And let me be the first to say - go get 'em!

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:31 PM on October 17, 2003

Old link from the WADA site, but now the chess players are getting tested.

posted by smithers at 02:38 PM on October 17, 2003

Thanks for the salutations. P.S. And Sosa is empowered by earth's yellow sun.

posted by molafson at 03:05 PM on October 17, 2003

When Barry Bonds' hat size grows larger... Damn it, when the doctor told me HGH would give me a bigger head, I thought ...

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:35 PM on October 17, 2003

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