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    Do you think there are legal drugs in skating? I was talking to someone about skaters traveling all over the world. The person said how do they get over jet lag? Do they take a drug to keep them awake or put them to sleep so their bodies get rest or make them alert enough to get through their program? I guess I never thought about it again until now.

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    I have heard rumors about certain young female skaters taking some type of hormone that delays puberty and keps the girls small and thin.

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    Isn't Valium or something like valium popular with skaters?

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    I think skaters might use anabolic steroids for the same reason some tennis players have used them. Because these drugs increase the rate at which body tissues are generated and rebuilt, they not only help an athlete recover more quickly from an injury, they also speed the recovery from the normal wear and tear on the tissues from training. So athletes taking anabolic steroids can train more intensely and for longer periods.l

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI
    SusanBeth, I agree. If there is any skater drugging, other than recreational drugging, I would expect to see blood doping. Chenjiang Li could definitely benefit.

    On the beta blockers, would that be to keep the heart rate even? But that might not be what is needed to get a huge spring into the air? Would beta blockers actually help, given that skaters' activity on ice various in intensity?

    In any case, it appears to me that cheating in skating centers around judging, not around drugging., Why pay for drugs when you can politick for free?
    Beta blockers like atenolol & such would help a skater become "less stagefright(?)" so as to be more calm & less prone to "come apart" during any part of the skating. Beta blockers have been proscribed to/for public speakers also.

    hmmmmm, not to start a rumor, but perhaps SC can use it? or rather any skater who have a tendency to drastically "come apart" after a mistake.

    A bit of calmness is a side effect of the beta blockers; I'm on the stuff everyday but not for public speaking, etc.
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    Actually Thierry Cerez who represented France at euros and worlds i think was tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and banned for a couple of years in the 90's. Even rhythmic gymnasts Kabaeva and Chachina have been on drugs and i'm sure skating isn't miraculously exempt.
    Funny i've just found this thread because i was laughing to myself this morning when i got my french skating mag: baboo is advertising some miraculous "natural" produce that helps with eveything a skater might need from cartilage strengthening to weight loss to no more blisters...
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    Why pay for drugs when you can politick for free

    Well said!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by millyskate
    Actually Thierry Cerez who represented France at euros and worlds i think was tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and banned for a couple of years in the 90's.

    Ah, so that explains what happened to him. I was actually kind of wondering about that last week when I was going through some of my old "archives" and seeing the name pop up here and there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    I really don't get the push to win. Is it the contestant? or is it the demand of the countries' leaders? I remember the East German Team was doing everything to win BIG in the Olympics using Drugs and also Transgenders. I can't believe it is the athlete's themselves who want to stoop so low. Joe
    That's precisely why I was so DELIGHTED that the US 4x200 meter freestyle relay team smashed the world record that had been set in 1987 by the East German swimming team. Those women were on steroids - a fact that came to light after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. No wonder they won so many races.
    They were built like amazons. IMHO, the athletes themselves were not to blame. Their government was the culprit - they wanted gold medals at any cost, and if that meant risking the health of their top athletes, so be it.
    For shame!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard
    Has a skater ever tested positive, other than Elena and her cold medicine?

    Laura
    At the same World Championships Pairs skater Evegeniy Sviridov was also tested positive for the same substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    I really don't get the push to win. Is it the contestant? or is it the demand of the countries' leaders? I remember the East German Team was doing everything to win BIG in the Olympics using Drugs and also Transgenders. I can't believe it is the athlete's themselves who want to stoop so low.Joe
    That was one of my pet peeves about the East German women's Olympic swim team. Those women were built like amazons - more like men than like women. They dominated several Olympic competitions and left the rest of the swimmers in their wake. Just looking at those GDR women swimmers, a person would have to think, "Do they or don't they take steroids?" As it happened, after the collapse of the GDR, the facts were brought to light - indeed, the East German women swimmers DID take performance enhancing drugs. I do not blame the athletes for this, however, as they thought they were taking vitamin pills, etc. Still.....one has to wonder why they weren't stripped of their Olympic medals.

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    Just a questions about Kyoko Ina and her refusal to take the drug test.........
    I read here that it was due to the fact that she didn't want to test positive for marijauna. Is recreational drug use not allowed (Exctasy, Pot, etc). Sorry for a question that might be completely ridiculous, but I don't know. It seems that, at least, pot would actually hamper a skater because of how it is usually ingested (smoking it). Anyone, let me know....Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanguy
    Just a questions about Kyoko Ina and her refusal to take the drug test.........
    I read here that it was due to the fact that she didn't want to test positive for marijauna. Is recreational drug use not allowed (Exctasy, Pot, etc). Sorry for a question that might be completely ridiculous, but I don't know. It seems that, at least, pot would actually hamper a skater because of how it is usually ingested (smoking it). Anyone, let me know....Thanks
    ABryan

    I think I read about someone tested positive of marihuana... a guy, but I can't remember which sports. Maybe this doesn't result in a two-year-ban, but at least they search for it and he got some punishment.

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    In 1998, a snowboarding Olympic gold was taken away from a Canadian because he tested positive for marijuana. The irony was that the test was conducted 2 days after the competition. According to the athlete, he smoked pot after his victory; he tried convincing anyone who would listen that he would have had to be insane to get stoned before the competition.

    Anyway, I know the rules are quite strict. In one interview, TT mentioned how she was always careful to keep hers and Yagudin's water bottles seperate, in part out of fear that there could be some residue from the many medicines she takes in her water.

    BTW, as to rhythmic gymnasts Kabaeva and Chachina, I believe it was the same kind of nonsense that took the medal away from Andrea Raducan 4 years ago.

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    I think in East Germany the pressure to win came from a warped sence of patriotism. Personally, I prife myself on my ability to do things for myself. That is, not because some drug is doing it for me.

    The puberty hormone thing sounds like an urban myth type thing. You know, someone looked at the little girls and said "I bet they take pills so make themselves that way" and then it gets spread around like its real.

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