This Was Coming Eventually

In what has been a pretty quiet Olympics along the doping front, a medalist has been stripped for the first time. Heptathlon silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska tested positive for an anabolic steroid and will likely now be banned for life. She had already served a two-year ban from 2003-2005 for doping.

It’s pretty amazing that there haven’t been more cases of this in Beijing. Usually there are at least a handful of doping allegations and sometimes major major cases. Maybe the athletes are legitimately moving away from doping as a way to improve performance, especially in events such as swimming where the technology of the pools and suits has increased production to never-before believable levels. There are also fewer and fewer Soviet-controlled or -inspired regimes out there that are willing to institute widespread doping regimens for their athletes.

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