Poll: Have Performance-Enhancers Overtaken Sports?

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The International Cycling Union formally stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles on Monday for doping.
The International Cycling Union formally stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles on Monday for doping. Photo Credit: Flickr user PoweriPics

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Lance Armstrong is the latest American athlete to fall from grace, thanks to connections to performance-enhancing drugs.

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How invasive are performance enhancing drugs in sports?

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How invasive are performance enhancing drugs in sports?

  • A small percentage of professional and Olympic athletes

    8%
  • A large percentage of professional and Olympic athletes

    29%
  • All the way down to the college and high school levels

    63%
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The International Cycling Union formally stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles on Monday and banned him for life for doping.

Armstrong had vehemently denied allegations of doping for years but two weeks ago, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released evidence of drug use and trafficking by Armstrong and his teams. The USADA also ordered that Armstrong be banned for life in August.

The cancer survivor is the latest in a long line of athletes whose public images have suffered because of connections to performance-enhancing drugs. Another former Tour de France winner, American cyclist Floyd Landis, faced allegations of blood doping.

Four of the top 10 home run hitters in the history of baseball — Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa — have been connected to or admitted using performance-enhancers.

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte admitted in 2007 to receiving human growth hormone injections on two occasions in 2002 to help heal an elbow injury more quickly.

Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson admitted to using steroids, and the International Olympic Committee formally stripped Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals because of her steroid use.

Be sure to vote in our poll and leave a comment below with your thoughts about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

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Lance Armstrong has NEVER tested positive for anything. If his "drug" use was so pervasive you would think that the most highly tested human being in HISTORY would have at least one test that he failed not to mention the HUNDREDS of tests that were NEGATIVE.

How can these BOZOS making these accusations give the titles Lance won to anyone else if drugs are so pervasive and Lance didn't test positive, how do we know that all of the athletes in the race were doing the same thing and didn't test positive either? By their absurd conclusions we must assume everyone in cycling is dirty and then therefore, that makes Lance still king of the hill. There have been war criminals who were hunted down with less ferocity than Lance. This has been a personal vendetta by DICK Pound from the start and if anyone should be discredited is it him.

We have to be careful about reports of events from years ago. Armstrong was tested numerous times over the years in question and he was under a microscope. Any reporter having some evidence what so ever would have won a Pulitzer as did Sara Ganim in the Penn State matter.

By the way, the Freeh report concerning Penn State was childish and his conclusions were not supported at all by his report. Then NCAA lawyers then bullied Penn State. Those lawyers could not read, did not comprehend the concept of standing, and did not understand the unreliable of memories People want to be involved in the action.

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