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Date Posted: 06:19:44 08/30/04 Mon
Author: Steve in ATL
Subject: Jim Caple on (in Part) Doping and the Olympics

Jim Caple had a nice piece on the return of the games to Olympia, and in part of it, had his take on doping and the Olympics:

<blockquote>Whenever an Olympian is caught in a drug test, many shake their heads like bobblehead dolls and complain that modern sport is nothing but corruption. But athletes have always cheated, have always looked for an edge that will lead to glory. They cheated at ancient Olympia and when they were caught, their names were recorded on columns so they would live in shame for centuries.

The urge to compete, to see who can go swifter, higher or stronger, is as old as the Games itself. As is the temptation to cheat. They are both part of human nature. You can choose to focus on the first and allow the Olympics to lift your spirit so high Tim Mack couldn't pole vault over it. Or you can remain stuck in your office cubicle and focus on the cheats and bitch that the Olympics are as tainted as everything else in life.

I prefer the former. The view is better.</blockquote>

I that nicely sums up how I feel about the current climate regarding doping in the peloton as well.

For those who want to read the entire article, <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer04/gen/columns/story?id=1870234">click here</a>.

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