Olympics Doping Scandals: From Raw Testicles To Cocaine

If you think Olympic doping was limited to the likes of anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and testosterone, think again. Via Reuters:

Forget anabolic steroids in easy-to-swallow tablets, or EPO in clean syringes. Ancient Olympic dopers got their pre-Games hormone boost from chewing on raw animal testicles.

The problem of some Olympic competitors taking potions, medicines and supplements to boost performance is as old as the Games themselves.

Even athletes of the 19th century thought nothing of fortifying themselves with coca leaves, cocaine and alcohol. Thomas Hicks won the 1904 Olympic marathon with the help of raw egg, strychnine and shots of brandy given to him at regular intervals by his attentive coach.

“Doping has always been part of the Olympics, but drugs have not always been seen as a problem, they have become a problem,” Martin Polley, an Olympic historian at Britain’s Southampton University, told Reuters…

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2 Comments on "Olympics Doping Scandals: From Raw Testicles To Cocaine"

  1. I love the way the Corporate Whores
    attempt to preserve the virginal purity of Olympic sports
    this way the Proles can really enjoy their bread with the circus
    knowing that their heroes are pure humans
    undefiled by performance enhancing drugs
    it gives me tingles

  2. DeepCough | Aug 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm |

    Not only should we accept doping in sports, but we should use that to up the ante entirely:
    for the Olympics, we should allow athletes to dope themselves up as much as they possibly can
    without killing themselves or causing renal failure. It will make the Olympics actually watchable for a
    change (and, besides, how else is anyone gonna beat Phelps’ records?).

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