djx
Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 2:40PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Looking at USADA’s list of 26 USA athletes/coaches suspended over the last 5 years (‘04-‘08) for serious doping offenses (2 or more years), here is what I found.
Note, suspensions of 1 year or less were not included here because they nearly all involve supplement contamination, not having proper approval for a medication, or use of a non-performance enhancing drug like cannabis.

18 TRACK (11 males, 7 females)
• 15 sprinters (Marion Jones ‘07, LaTasha Jenkins ’06, Justin Gatlin ’06, John Capel ’06, Tim Montgomery ’05, Chryste Gaines ’05, Larry Wade ’05, Michelle Collins ‘04, Jerome Young ‘04, Calvin Harrison ’04, Alvin Harrision’04, Kelli White ‘04, Torri Edwards ’04, Mickey Grimes ’04, Antonio Pettigrew ’08 – for doping in ’97-‘01)
• 2 sprint coaches (Trevor Graham ’08, Remi Korchemny ’07)
• 1 mid-distance runner (Regina Jacobs ’04, coach was Tom Craig)

6 FIELD (4 males, 2 females) <--- 5 throws & 1 jumps
• 3 hammer (Scott Boothby ’06, John McEwen ’04, Melissa Price ‘04)
• 1 shot (Kevin Toth ‘04)
• 1 Javelin - Serene Ross ’06)
• 1 LJ/TJ (Erick Walder ’05)

2 ROAD RACES (1 male, 1 female)
• 2 Marathoners (Eddy Hellebuyck ‘04, Deeja Youngquist ’05)

OBSERVATIONS
Sprinters & sprint coaches accounted for 65% of USADA’s 26 2+year suspensions.

Of the 15 sprint dopers, 14 were coached by the “big 3” sprint camps:
• 9 were coaches by Trevor Graham of Sprint Capital USA who got a lifetime ban in ’08.
• 3 (Wade, Edwards, Grimes) were coached by John Smith of HS International.
• 2 (Gaines, White) were coached by Remi Korchemny of ZMA who got a lifetime ban in ’07.

The remaining sprinter (John Capel) received a serious 2-year suspension only because his use of cannabis was his 2nd offense. Capel’s coach was Mike Holiday.

Since 2001, only Graham, Smith & Korchemny have coached more than one athlete receiving a serious 2+ year suspension. These three coaches alone are linked to all of the serious USA sprinter suspensions and 2/3rds of all USADA’s 2+year suspensions over the last 5 years.

Two athletes currently being investigated for doping are:
• Maurice Green coached by John Smith of HS Intl.
• Julien Dunkley (JAM) formerly coached by Trevor Graham of Sprint Capital.

Even if Green is not suspended in the future, why isn’t USADA trying to issue a lifetime suspension to Coach John Smith?

I’m aware of only two “big-name” athletes coached by Trevor Graham after 2004 who have not been charged with a doping offense: Shawn Crawford and Lisa Barber. Anyone know of others? Note, Crawford is now coached by Bobby Kersee (who also coaches Allyson Felix), and Barber is now coached by Gail Devers.

DOPING OUTLOOK
With the demise of two of these big-3 sprint coaches and the 3rd being closely monitored, there is now hope that most US Track athletes are now clean. I'm aware some track fans believe that most US athletes running very good times today are doping. But that appears to be just speculation on their part, as they have not provided any serious evidence to support their claims.

On the international scene the doping outlook is much worse because of Russia. The majority of Russia’s elite T&F stars might be doping. Russia amazingly has 62 women T&F athletes ranked amongst the top-10 in the world this year: sprints 4, mid-D 15, distance 6, marathon 2, jumps 14, throws 8, heptathlon 4, and race walk 9. Russia is the only country in the last few years where a rash of athletes has been caught doping. Because Russia dominates women’s T&F, the impact of widespread doping in that country is huge internationally.
MattD
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 2:56PM - in reply to djx Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
perspective
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 3:02PM - in reply to MattD Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I wonder how long the list would be of athletes who doped but were never caught.
Comparing apples to oranges
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 4:52PM - in reply to MattD Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

MattD wrote:

Here's a long list of all athletes caught:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sportspeople_sanctioned_for_doping_offences


Your list isn't so long considering it goes back to the 1970s (USADA didn't exist until October 2000) and considering it includes all sports and all countries world wide.

The OP here is only addressing USA T&F athletes caught over the last 5 years, not everyone caught in history.
Something to Ponder
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 4:56PM - in reply to djx Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I wonder how many of the above 14 sprinters would have doped if they had NOT been coached by Graham, Smith or Korchemny? These sprinters all had a willingness to dope, but if their coach didn’t provide them with ready access to doping doctors, unscrupulous testing labs and drug suppliers, many or most of them might have concluded that trying to dope on their own would be too difficult and too risky.
mcgato
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 7:31PM - in reply to djx Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

djx wrote:
The remaining sprinter (John Capel) received a serious 2-year suspension only because his use of cannabis was his 2nd offense. Capel’s coach was Mike Holiday.


Capel's coach was Mike "Mouse" Holloway.
fairsfare
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 8:19PM - in reply to djx Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
If you are dropping 1 year bans Torri Edwards comes off the list.

Though arbitrators decided Edwards had taken the drug inadvertently, saying in their ruling that she had conducted herself with “honesty, integrity and character,” they did not overturn the suspension. The rules were strict. If there was a banned substance in her body, Edwards had to be penalized for it.
In November 2005, her two-year ban was shortened when the World Anti-Doping Agency downgraded nikethamide infractions to maximum one-year suspensions. By then, Edwards had already suffered.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/sports/othersports/27track.html?n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/E/Edwards,%20Torri
djx
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 8/4/2008 11:08PM - in reply to fairsfare Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thanks for the correction. Edwards is off my list. I feel sorry for her. Someone should contact USADA and have them make a correction as well. USADA's list of suspensions still states Edward's suspenion was two years. That should be corrected or at least a footnote added.

The big problem here is that USADA and WADA (and even the IAAF) can't distinguish between the accidential violator of their rules and the big-time drug cheat who is doping to their gills. Most often, both get the same suspension.
Scott Boothby
RE: Profile of US Athletes caught doping 12/8/2010 5:36PM - in reply to djx Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hello,
My name is Scott Boothby and although I was suspended for Propecia/finasteride). Propecia was later found to not be a masking agent by USADA/UCLA LABS and was taken off the banned list completely.

I have since been fully reinstated and do not appear on any banned lists accept here. USATF/USADA officially dropped all charges.
SEE THE USATF AND USADA SUSPENSIONS LIST BELOW...
http://www.usatf.org/about/legal/antidoping/suspensions.asp

I provided prescriptions from my doctor for propecia and gave info from USADA/USATF/IAAF to the creators of this website and they said they would keep me on the list because at the time it was made I appeared on the list.

I don't agree with this, but they stated I could post so here it is.

Thanks,
Scott Boothby
currently training for London 2012 and fully reinstated!
http://www.youtube.com/user/r2hammer#p/u/4/xN1teCymRv4