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|Subject: ||RE: Is Carmelita Jeter clean? (born 24 November 1979) |
I will not go so far as to say there isn’t a single U.S. athlete out there 'smart or dumb' enough to try to beat the system. I guess anything is possible, but a single athlete can not do it alone. You would almost have to be part of a ‘system’ that would have to involve doctors and/or other medical trained professionals and coaches, etc. Someone would have to constantly monitor your physiology (blood & hormone stats), your training and competition schedule. All of this is possible, but it would be very expensive, time consuming and definitely beyond what could be accomplished by a lone wolf.
Keep in mind that USATF anti-doping in the last 3 years has improved by leaps and bounds; just about all of the former loopholes have been closed, such as detection of masking agents, requiring a medical waiver for certain medicines for asthma and diabetes, etc., not publishing when & where testing will be conducted and what's in the testing protocols, comparing blood & hormone stats at one time period to another, etc. And probably the most significant things are the zero tolerance policy and saving your blood so that you can be caught in the future as testing technology continues to improve and then dealt with retroactively.
Like I said, anything is possible, but the effort involved in being a doper and the high probability of being caught is just not worth it. Btw, one of the great unintended consequences of Trevor Graham/BALCO is USATF launching a full court press on anti-doping. I know that nothing I say will satisfy the legions of Letsrun conspiracy theorist, but there you have it.
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