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Steroids and Shattered Olympic Records

Let me preface this post by saying:

  1. I do not have a problem with steroids. I do not personally use them, but I do not have a problem with them and honestly just wish they would legalize them, especially in sport.

  2. I am not one of those people who generally sees something amazing happen (in the realm of athletics) or who sees someone yoked to the gills and automatically thinks, “Juice.” I know that hard work, dedication, consistency and smart training/nutrition goes a long way.

All that being said, I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands lately and thus have watched quite a bit of the Olympic games, and I really am just sitting in awe at how many records are being toasted. And it’s not just Michael Phelps. It seems to be all over the place. If it’s just a couple of records here and there, I wouldn’t ask, but seeing as the situation is at it stands:

Is there a new designer steroid out there right now (or several) that many people are completely unaware of? I thought pretty much every possible anabolic/androgenic compound had been discovered or tried out at this point . . . Did someone find another “lost formula” sitting in an old, dusty chemistry book from the 1960’s again, a la Patrick Arnold and THG?

Despite the fact that I don’t use, I still follow the chemical game somewhat (I can’t help it, having obtained my undergraduate degree in a science background; I find it fascinating,) and I’m just curious as all get out.

Peptides.

I am by no means saying that steroids and peptides are not in the olympics, but besides that we have made further advances in training, nutrition, and supplementation.

I also think that people are supposedly bigger and stronger than in years past, due to hormones in food and blah blah…lol

Just a thought, although I’d have to agree with Brook on some undetectable peptides, as well as athletes “gearing” up for the olympics with stuff that will clear by testing time.

imvho…

DG

Not much advances in training and diet in the last 4 years imo…

Especially when some of the athletes are 30 years old and breaking records

I don’t think they can detect HGH or Insulin

That being said, experience and perfecting old ways plays a big part too.

outside of phelps what records are you talking about being shattered?

hate to hijack but are there any normally banned chemicals that are allowed if a person endures physical trauma? Such as a person with cancer 3 years ago using steroids to overcome cancer, then just training for the next 2 years?

[quote]Airtruth wrote:
outside of phelps what records are you talking about being shattered?[/quote]

[i]Through the first three days of the 2008 Olympics, there have been 10 world records broken in nine events. Phelps has broken two individual world records – the 400-meter medley and the 200-meter freestyle – and was a member of the United States team that lowered the world record in the 400-meter freestyle relay by nearly four seconds.

He has a chance to break two more world records today in the 200-meter butterfly and the 800-meter freestyle relay. Katie Hoff also has shot at a world record in the 200-meter individual medley, and possibly in the 200-meter freestyle.

But Phelps and Hoff aren’t the only swimmers going historically fast. World records have fallen in the 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle on the men’s side, and the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley on the women’s side. The United States men broke the 400-meter freestyle relay world record twice in 24 hours.[/i]
http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-spw-olyswimrecords13-2008aug13,0,5749014.story

I’m also including some of the track and field records that were set at the qualifiers and are undoubtedly going to come down once the actual games start. Gay ran a wind-aided (and thus, not counted) 9.68 in the 100, but Jamaican Usain Bolt even ran an official 9.72. That’s just insane. It wasn’t that long ago that the thought of running a sub 10-second 100 was absolutely absurd.

On a cool side note, I went to high school with Tyson Gay. He was a few years younger than me, but we were there at the same time.

yeah, id have to go with the HGH.

[quote]RollingStone wrote:
Not much advances in training and diet in the last 4 years imo…

Especially when some of the athletes are 30 years old and breaking records

I don’t think they can detect HGH or Insulin

That being said, experience and perfecting old ways plays a big part too.[/quote]

I highly doubt Michael Phelps is on insulin though. :slight_smile: or any form of AAS-- look at him!

“HGH AND SLIN”
SLIN A.K.A MR PEPTIDE

keep in mind that most of the swimmers are wearing that new LZ suit by speedo that is definitely a faster suit then anything before. That is definitely a contributing factor in world records being broken in swimming.

Phelps and other swimmers are breaking records for several reasons: the pool in Beijing is very, very fast (meaning it knocks down wakes very well), new suits, and new training methods. Phelps is also a genetic freak for swimming.

But steroids are not out of the question.

Thanks guys. I know that new suits and pool conditions are making a difference in a lot of cases (I’m still curious to see what happens in Track & Field though, as far as records go.)

I’m not even necessarily saying I believe any of these people are using. The whole situation just got me to thinking about the designer and underground steroid market in general, and I was wondering what (if any) some of the new developments on that front are.

I honestly had not even heard of peptides (well, I know what they are; I just hadn’t heard of them in the sense of being used as PEDs), so I’m going to do some reading up on that.

Thanks again.

FYI hGH is detectable now for up to 6 weeks. Cyclist are going to be hurting.

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I am subscribed to the supertraining at yahoo groups. Someone posted an article discussing this. I have deleted the email, so I can’t dig it up, but it stated that hGH can be detected with or without aas supplementation for 6 weeks.

I would say that group is a pretty legit source, although it is possible the information I received isn’t accurate.

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Bushy,

I really don’t know anything about that. I just heard it and thought to myself “cyclists are screwed.” I didn’t look to far into it because I don’t see hGH as something I need to undertake.

Olympians have been using steroids that can’t be detected since the soviets started doing it, way back in the day.

the newest thing though is gene doping. genes can now be changed over time to more desirable results. we are already using this in north America to cure genetic forms of blindness. also human tests are already being done on a gene therapy cure for cancer.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1623086,00.html

I’m not saying everyone is doing it. but i don’t doubt for a second the Chinese are. you just have to watch a Chinese female Olympic lifter shatter the world records like she’s throwing a scarf over her shoulder.

this article in 2000 predicted gene doping would be available by summer 2008!

http://www.acfnewsource.org/science/gene_doping.html

Here is another article in scientific American:

and national geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080814-gene-doping.html