Dopers Kill Dreams
“I know this sounds harsh – and I hate to be negative, but it really sucked out all of the enjoyment of the sport for me and led to me to some darker places in my world. … I pretty much missed every team between 2008 and 2012 by less than a second – and on standards that changed every year, despite having run IAAF standards in the qualifying windows multiple times. We were required to run these inflated standards that were based on convoluted performances that were significantly impacted by doped athletes. In 2008, I was the fastest person in the world not to be selected to the Olympics in the 1,500m and two weeks prior to the Games a massive number (~8?) of the women were disqualified for doping infractions. … This basically resulted in my loss of sponsorship, carding, and most importantly, my self-confidence that I belonged on the world scene. It is our lives, our dreams, our sacrifices and our sense of being; it is so much more than just money and medals.”
– Canadian 4:02 1,500m runner Malindi Elmore talking about how she never made a World team or
Olympic the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams (she made it in 2004), indirectly due to the doping of other athletes. Despite her running faster than the IAAF standards, Canada set “A+ standards” which were based on being able to finish top 12 in the world. *MB: Malindi Elmore (link fixed)
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