Mark Zeigler: The elusive, illicit pursuit of speed
Mark Zeigler: The elusive, illicit pursuit of speed

After Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics in a world-record 9.79 seconds and subsequently was stripped of his gold medal for a positive drug test, the U.S. Olympic Committee set up an anonymous hotline to help athletes understand what was and was not considered a banned performance-enhancing substance.Most of the callers had a different question: What exactly did Johnson take and where could they get some?Johnson’s positive urine sample for the steroid stanozolol was supposed to herald the dawn of the anti-doping movement in sports, and in many respects it did…

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