Anyone been paying attention to this stuff with swimmer Ian Thorpe (I’m sure the Aussies have)?
He has been accused of being a drug cheat after a French paper said that an old sample returned an abnormally high level of testosterone.
The TV reports don’t seem to have picked up on the implications of certain facts, however. The sample showed high levels of both testosterone AND luteneising hormone. Now, I’m no expert, but wouldn’t a high level of luteneising hormone be COUNTERINDICATIVE of steroid use, what with steroids shutting down natural production and all? In fact, wouldn’t a steroid user have a LOW level of lutenising hormone?
As for drugs that increase testosterone by increasing lutenising hormone, are there any that will do anything over and above getting you into the high normal range? Maybe those more familiar with the sports drug scene can enlighten us?
They said that Thorpe’s t ratio (no sure what that is exactly) was 6:1, where anything over 4:1 was considered abnormal. Maybe I’m showing my lack of knowledge, but that doesn’t look off the charts to me. Isn’t it possible, and indeed probably, that; like many other elite athletes of his calibre presumabley are; he is blessed with exceptionally high endogenous testosterone production?
Any enlightenment from more informed individuals would be much appreciated.