Steroids in Sports

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Steroids in Sports
Steroids are an illegal substance that is banned in most major sports organizations. Athletes in today’s world are under tremendous pressure to succeed. They believe by taking these substances that they are giving an “edge” while competing. What they do not realize is they are putting their bodies in tremendous danger. Steroids can produce psychological and physical side effects. As you will see, not only are steroid users harming themselves but they are also damaging the reputation of the game and the outlook of our young fans.

After winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics, Ben Johnson was poised to win a gold medal in Seoul, Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Johnson was lightning in the 100m final, setting a world record time at 9.79 seconds. After the race urine tests revealed the sprinter had taken Stanozolol, and he was disqualified. The Canadian government opened an inquiry into drug abuse and Johnson’s coach, Charlie Francis, testified that Ben Johnson had been using steroids for several years. Floyd Landis, the winner of the 2006 Tour de France, had an outstanding stage 17 that catapulted him to win the title. Seven years into his career he had won the greatest race of all. After the race his urine samples were unusually high with testosterone. The International Cycling Union upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ruling, resulting in Landis being banned from professional cycling for two years.

Marion Jones, competing in her first Olympics, came home with three gold and two bronze medals. She is the only female athlete to achieve this great honor. After the games, Jones was constantly accused of steroid usage. Jones denied these claims even testifying before two grand juries. In October of 2007, Marion Jones admitted to steroid usage after the BALCO scandal broke. She was stripped of her five Olympic medals and sentenced to six months in prison.

Standing 6 foot 3, 254 pounds Lyle Alzado was the enforcer of...
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