This month TSD learns some home truths about Steroids.
Nandrolone, Growth hormone, Oxandrolone, Testosterone, Winstrol, Fina, Primobolan
Depot, D-Bol. These performance-enhancing drugs and hormones are not likely to be found in the average medicine cabinet. That
is unless that person is a professional athlete. Indeed the powerful muscle-building steroid D-Bol is commonly referred
to in the prof-sports community as the 'Breakfast of Champions'
Most sports lovers acknowledge that the use of performance- enhancing drugs has
been creeping into their beloved sports at alarming rates. With the possible exception of pro-Bass fishing, most professional
sports seem in danger of losing credibility
under an avalanche of steroids, hormones and intra-muscular injections. Suspicious
deaths, coverups, failed tests, masking drugs, annihilated records and athletes walking around with syringes sticking out of their buttocks all point to a significant number of
drug cheats among our sporting
We, the public might imagine
steroid users as shady individuals striving to break the most sacrosanct records
and achievements of honest athletes. Or are they? Manchester United football
legend Harry Gregg has claimed that stimulants have been used systemically in English football since the 1960's. A recent
Blue Cross Blue shield survey found over 1 million American youths use steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. When
the Blue Cross asked 60 of the top Major League sluggers to sign a ''drugs free'' pledge only 2 responded. Apparently the other 58 were
too busy washing their hair.
For most people the incident that brought the reality
of steroid abuse in sport into their living rooms was the 100m at the 1998 Seoul Olympics. Ben Johnson tested positive for
Stanozolol and was stripped of his gold medal. Carl Lewis beatifically accepted it instead and Johnsons career lay in ruins.As
it turns out Lewis had himself failed a test but it was covered up by the Olympic Committee. No fewer than 4 of the top 5 finishers
in that race Johnson, Lewis, Christie and Mitchell have since tested positive for one banned substance or another. Now we
know. Fair play.