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What would the guardians of "natural" sports like to do? Require everyone competing to train at the same altitude? Maybe the USOC should be accused of blood boosting for establishing a training center at 6,000 feet.
STEROIDS AND BUTE
As an exercise physiologist who has been working in sports for years, I can assure you that most people can't even imagine the pressure that is placed on top-ranking athletes and their coaches or trainers. Fans scream for more wins, for record-breaking performances; athletic directors lean on coaches; coaches push athletes; athletes push each other. There are jobs, scholarships and professional contracts at stake, and the coach or trainer is often caught in the middle. The people on top say, "Win or else," and the athletes say, "We can't win unless...."
It's tragic that Augustinius Jaspers died, and it's also tragic that four people who were trying to help athletes may have their careers ruined. Before we start assessing blame, it might be prudent to reevaluate our expectations of the athletes and coaches we depend on for our viewing pleasure.
At the risk of oversimplification, I suggest that Kreis's alleged involvement in the distribution of the drugs is a product of the public's demand for Herculean bulk and strength in young men whose time must be divided among the classroom, the playing field and the weight room. It is unbelievable that such a conscientious person would be a figure in a drug-distribution scheme at the expense of the young men he so obviously nurtures.
THE BYU CONNECTION
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This might not be the most sophisticated method of picking Super Bowl winners, but my record is 5-0, and you can't argue with a record that's as perfect as 13-0, the mark that earned BYU the national collegiate title. Ross MCCLINTOCK