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RE: Tyler Hamilton's heavy doping program revealed
Did you actually read my post? Explain to me where I say Tyler Hamilton should be forgiven? Quite the opposite. He's a drug cheat. I felt he was guilty from the start, and I've been frustrated by the outpouring of support for him - especially in the Boulder area. I think it's deplorable that a large amount of people give athletes the benefit of the doubt not only when they test positive, but even after they're found to be guilty and punished. So these people think all athletes are "clean" unless proven otherwise, and then when the facts are shoved in their face, they refuse to trust them. If one doesn't believe the convicted drug cheats used drugs, then how can one believe anyone is using them?

My point about Hamilton is that he seems to genuinely be a good guy, albeit one that uses/used performance enhancing drugs. So don't be fooled by the "good guy" image. I've met a number of genuinely nice elite runners over the years, and yet I would be a fool to not think that some of them could be users.

As for the people who refuse to believe that Lance Armstrong used drugs, they simply have their heads in the sand and are overwhelmed by the positive stories associated with Lance Armstrong. "What is he on - he's on his bikes for 6 hours a day!" "There's no way he would have taken drugs after going through what he did with cancer!" "He does so much for cancer research - how dare you say he used drugs!" Again, these things are not mutually exclusive from possible drug use. People need to take their heads out of the sand and use rational thought to look at these situations objectively.

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