?The International Court of Arbitration for Sport recently reversed a two-year ban on Finnish swimmer Petteri Lehtinen, an asthmatic who forgot to note on the form he filled out before a drug test that he took the banned stimulant salbutamol to treat his condition. Were Jackie Joyner-Kersee ever to fail to note that she takes a banned antiasthmatic drug, the omission could lead to a similar ban for the American track star.
? U.S. sailor Kevin Hall, an Olympic hopeful in the Laser class, requires testosterone injections as a result of having had testicular cancer. His abdominal lymph nodes and testicles have been removed, and Hall says the injections merely raise his testosterone to a normal level. Despite its ban on testosterone augmentation, the USOC will allow Hall to compete in the Olympic trials in April. However, the issue now passes to the IOC, which cannot ban Hall from competing but could strip him of a medal based on postcompetition testing.
Thus, drug rules not only vary from sport to sport but also lack uniformity within the same sport. "I'm disappointed that even our coaches don't have a better grasp of the rules," says USS executive director Ray Essick. "If you're going to have a policy that works, you need everyone on the same page." Or at least in the same book.
Going with the Floe
Modern conveniences may have taken some of the romance out of ice fishing, but Jens Amgoese isn't complaining. Amgoese, a 55-year-old Norwegian, was fishing alone on a frozen fjord near Oslo last week when the ice cracked, marooning him on a floe that began drifting swiftly toward the open sea. Amgoese simply pulled out his cellular phone, called a local fire station and within 30 minutes was rescued by helicopter.