Do you think Lance Armstrong really did do performance enhancing "blood doping", as is being claimed?

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Do you think Lance Armstrong really did do performance enhancing "blood doping", as is being claimed?

Bignuf Bignuf
Since it appears that a large (and growing) number of world class athletes do SOMETHING to get a slight extra edge...should that be their business, just as shaving the extra edge or smoothing the corner on a race car, or racing bike is allowed, or using better running shoes or bathing suites that offer no resistance to water......should we say "SO WHAT" and quit looking for these "enhancements" athletes use IN their bodies????

OH...for those who are going to say "WE need to not allow it for safety sake"...how healthy are ANY sports at that level? Gymnasts destroy their joints, runners have feet and knees that are DECADES older then they are, in terms of function, and you think all those "hits" in the head and body that football, soccer, rugby, basketball, hockey players take, comes without a physical "price"????

SO...what do YOU think about all this?
08/25/2012
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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I don't want to believe it, but it may be true.

I have done a fair amount of cycling and after 1 - 100 mile day, I was worthless for weeks. How they do it for a month is inexplicable.

There are two sides to the fairness issue - one is that those who do cheat those who don't - if indeed there are any who don't.

The other side is that those are better at not getting caught will thrive. That is actually what Lance is accused of. Altering his blood to somehow avoid detection.

Only in the US would we crucify a hero like Lance, other countries would be glad to have a citizen achieve so much - but it seems there is so much envy of success that we must destroy it when and wherever it happens.
08/25/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't really care what people do with drugs. It's their body. At this point so many do it that it's hardly cheating anymore. Clearly making it against the rules hasn't stopped people. As is usually the case.
08/25/2012
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
Those athletes need more drugs than the rest of the people. They have to train hard and if anybody knows about muscles and bones you know that takes a definite toll on the body.
08/25/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Since it appears that a large (and growing) number of world class athletes do SOMETHING to get a slight extra edge...should that be their business, just as shaving the extra edge or smoothing the corner on a race car, or racing bike is allowed, or ...
If he did it, he had the help and collusion of more than just his coach. I think the whole team / US Cycling was in on it. He wouldn't have been able to keep the secret without their help.

I don't think steroids are a good idea, but I think it's ridiculous when positive tests for some athletes are swept under the rug while others live in fear of taking an OTC medication like Sinutab because it will contain 0.00001% of a banned substance and get them a six month suspension.

The media likes to make steroid use sound like heroin use, but it's not that simple. Yes, some athletes abuse it — and you can usually see it in their physique, but what's allowed versus what's not is not clear cut. An eye-opening documentary on steroid use in American athletics, Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, has been playing on cable (I think Showtime…) and is available on Amazon's Video on Demand. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this story.
08/25/2012
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