Swimmer Dara Torres is an extraordinary athlete. The possibility that a 41-year old mother can compete alongside the best elite swimmers in the world with a legitimate chance at winning a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics is nothing short of phenomenal. There is nothing - no news or revelation - that could diminish her achievements in my eyes.Having said that, I am … [Read more...] about Dara Torres Takes Moral High Ground Despite Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs
Swimmer Jessica Hardy has withdrawn from the United States Olympic Team bound for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after testing positive for low levels of the long-acting beta-2 adrenergic agonist (LABA) clenbuterol. Hardy maintains that she never knowingly or unintentionally consumed clenbuterol or any other banned susbtance. The question of why and how clenbuterol appeared in … [Read more...] about Did Jessica Hardy’s Advocare Supplements Contain Clenbuterol?
I am disappointed by the mainstream media coverage of Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy's failed drug test for clenbuterol (an asthma medication). NBC was apparently the first news organization to identify the banned substance as clenbuterol. They did not elaborate on the drug other than to identify it as a "stimulant" which was of course very misleading. Clenbuterol was not … [Read more...] about Jessica Hardy’s Clenbuterol Positive and Unfair Media Coverage
U.S. Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy tested positive for the asthma medication Clenbuterol in both A and B samples at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska on July 1st and July 4, 2008. Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator belonging to a class of drugs known as beta-2 adrenergic agonists or long-acting beta-2 adrenergic agonist (LABA) . Clenbuterol is similar to Albuterol and … [Read more...] about Swimmer Jessica Hardy’s Competitors are Permitted to Use Similar Asthma Drugs
Several weeks ago, the Toledo Blade Newspaper in Ohio erroneously identified clenbuterol and/or human growth hormone as anabolic steroids in the case of Johnathan Roumaya. Roumaya was sentenced on Monday for the misdemeanor charge of possession of dangerous drugs. The Toledo Blade once again erred in calling the confiscated drug(s) anabolic steroids ("Oregon bar workers gets 3 … [Read more...] about Steroid Ignorance Pervasive in Toledo Ohio
I would expect that most journalists would have a basic understanding of anabolic steroids given that the topic has been a major news story for several years now. But journalists still fail to perform their "steroid fact checking" when writing stories on the topic. The Toledo Blade Newspaper out of Ohio published a story about a steroid bust. The only problem with the story was … [Read more...] about Steroid Fact Checking at the Toledo Blade Newspaper