I have to comment on the recent positive drug tests for some of the worlds best endurance athletes.

A few weeks back Tyler Hamilton was caught for blood doping. Evidence suggested not only once, but arguably a pattern of abuse. Since then his Phonak teammate Santiago Perez tested positive for the same illegal procedure. Coincidence? Then there is their Swiss teamate, Oscar Camenzind who tested positive for EPO earlier in the summer…

Then Rutger Beke, the Belgian triathlete tested positive for EPO.

And today it was revealed that Nina Kraft the women’s Ironman Hawai’i champion tested positive for EPO.

While I can not condone breaking the rules, I always remind myself that no World Class athletic effort is achieved without huge amounts of dedication and personal sacrifice.

In these cases reputations were sacrificed in order to win.


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