Doping has become a far too common topic every time a major sporting event comes up. In fact, it's become so much a part of sports that almost every incredible performance is accompanied by some doubt about doping. There will always be those who cheat, and always be those who advocate for an 'anything goes'… Continue reading Why The Rio Doping Issue Matters
There is no doubt that swimming in the 1970s was exciting. Goggles had just been introduced in the late 1960s, and this allowed swimmers to train as hard as their bodies would allow, instead of training as hard as their eyes would let them. As a result, swimming records of every kind were broken on… Continue reading 6 Things I Don’t Miss About Swimming in the 1970s
A few days ago a bombshell exploded in the sporting world. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, German broadcaster ARD aired a segment called "Top-secret Doping Dossier: How Russia produces it's Winners". It included a tremendous amount of evidence and on-camera testimony from Russian officials, coaches and athletes on massive and systemic doping, coverups and corruption… Continue reading Is Russia the New East Germany?
Last post I discussed the rise of positive doping tests in the aquatics world (here), echoing the terrible doping decades of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Also, last week, Swimming World published an excellent article (here) about the problems and politics with the testing process. With this post I'd like to close out this unintended… Continue reading The Sad Legacy of East German Doping
Swimming has a doping problem. And no, this isn't a history lesson about the notorious 70s and 80s. Or 90s. This is now, and its spreading. The issue came up most recently with a surge of recent doping suspensions of Russians, including world record holder Yuliya Efimova, former world record holder Sergey Makov, and now… Continue reading Swimming’s Growing Problem
In March 2014, David Epstein, a sports science reporter, gave a brilliant TED talk, "Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?", in which he explores some of the principal reasons behind the assault on the record books. I strongly advise you watch it. It's just under 15 minutes, and you can find it here .… Continue reading Faster, Better, Stronger Swimmers?