When the workout ended, Furtado noted with a smile that the players kept looking behind them as they exercised. "Nobody wanted to get dunked," he said.
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
In Montreal last week, three weight-lifters suspended from the Canadian Olympic team shortly before the Seoul Games for anabolic steroid use told a federal commission on drugs in amateur sports of the extreme lengths they had gone to—allegedly with the help of Canada's lifting coach, Andrzej Kulesza, and one of his assistants, Raphael Zuffellato—to try to avoid detection during pre-Olympic drug testing.
Lifters Paramjit Gill, David Bolduc and Jacques Demers (a silver medalist at the '84 Games) said that they felt they could not be competitive in their sport without using steroids and that they had trained for Seoul at a camp in Czechoslovakia where a Czech coach provided them with steroids and drug-masking agents. The lifters said they normally took steroids until about two weeks before a competition at which they might undergo drug testing; it would take that long for the steroids to clear out of their systems.
The lifters said they panicked when faced with an unexpected drug test conducted by the Canadian weightlifting federation in Vancouver last September, right before the Canadian team's departure for Seoul. They told the commission that they went to a room in the hotel to have clean urine—some of it collected from Kulesza and Zuffellato, according to Demers—injected by two other weighthfters into their bladders through catheters inserted in their penises. Gill told of having gone through the painful process twice because "it was [too difficult] to hold the urine [in]."
The attempt at deception didn't work: All three athletes tested positive for steroids. They told the commission that a fourth team member, Guy Greavette, had also injected himself with the urine of others, but Greavette passed his drug test and denied involvement in the scheme when he testified before the commission on Monday. Kulesza, who has also denied taking part in any urine transfer, and Zuffellato will testify this week.
TRAGEDY AT VAIL
The death of His Royal Highness Don Alfonso de Borbón y Dampierre, Duke of Cadíz and first cousin to King Juan Carlos of Spain, on Jan. 30 at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail, Colo, (page 14) was fraught with irony. It happened in the late afternoon on perfectly groomed snow at the Beaver Creek ski area while the duke, 52, a gifted all-around athlete, was on the slopes with famed ski racer Toni Sailer of Austria, a triple gold medalist at the 1956 Winter Olympics.' "He talked about how beautiful it is in Colorado and how nice it was to be skiing," Sailer said later.
The duke, a former president of both the Spanish Ski Federation and the Spanish Olympic Committee and a member of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Council since 1977, had told an old friend just a few hours earlier that he planned to run for the presidency of the FIS if Marc Hodler, the ageless Swiss lawyer who has held the office for 38 years, ever decided to retire. Those were among Alfonso's last words before he put on his skis and joined Sailer.
At around 3:30 p.m., when the mountain was closed, the duke, Sailer and Sailer's wife, Gaby, arrived at the downhill course. "We saw the FIS jury on the piste [race course], and he asked me, 'Is it possible to go down with them?' " Sailer said. "I told him they were doing course inspection, and he said, 'Let's go.' "