My participation in sport completed years ago ('96 Olympic Silver, Former World-Record Holder, Swimming), but the Olympic movement is still close to my heart. I competed against multiple doping athletes in my career and the mistakes I saw being made in the '90s are still being made now. In fact, the system may even be more corrupt now than it was then. There is still not an unvarying enforcement of the rules and there is not an organization in place to police doping globally. The Olympic movement needs a newly-formed, independently administered and funded policing force that uniformly enforces anti-doping standards and protocols. Nowadays, I live and work in San Francisco. Please reach out if you'd like to connect.
A three-point suggestion for Olympic anti-doping reform:
1. Uniformly enforce existing anti-doping testing standards and procedures as prescribed in the WADA code.
2. Establish a protocol to review instances of doping and suspected doping for athletes at Olympic Games prior to Sydney 2000.
3. Enact a policing system to prevent state-sanctioned doping practices, monitor anti-doping efforts, and enforce the WADA code.
An article by Ben Jervey in GOOD magazine about clean athletes competing against steroids.
A snippet by Michael Moynihan of the Irish Examiner talking about how the Olympics are dirtier than ever.
An interview by David Reider of Swimming World about anti-doping efforts and the role of athletes.
Check out this great piece written by Karen Crouse in the New York Times published about Shirley Babashoff and a snippet from me about how Shirley's experience affected how I approached doping in the '90s.
A radio interview with RTE in Ireland, scroll to 1:11:24.
An interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Real Sports on HBO Episode 232. My former teammate and friend Olympic Swimmer Nikki Dryden was interviewed by Bryant Gumbel as a part of an episode spotlighting doping in Olympic sport.