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PETITION!

Please sign here to support a three-point plan for Olympic anti-doping reform. The WADA code is great, but it's not enforced uniformly. Additionally, there is no overarching, global independently administered and funded organization that has been assigned the role of enforcing anti-doping violations. Problems arise when nations complicit in doping practices are expected to be the policing force. And why is there officially only one option for reviewing instances of past doping? There needs to be more options established for reviewing instances of doping and suspected doping prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. 

A snippet by Michael Moynihan of the Irish Examiner talking about how the Olympics are dirtier than ever. Nov. 10, 2016 

An interview by David Reider of Swimming World about anti-doping efforts and the role of athletes. Published Oct. 7, 2016

Check out this great piece written by Karen Crouse in the New York Times published August 1, 2016 about Shirley Babashoff. 

A radio interview with RTE in Ireland, scroll to the 1:11:24 mark to hear Marianne Limpert (Silver Medalist, 1996 Olympics 200 IM) and I interviewed about our experience with racing against the controversial athlete Michelle Smith (de Bruin) in the 1996 Olympic Games.  

An interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Thursday July 28, 2016. 

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. Real Sports on HBO Episode 232. 

 

Discussion:

If you're interested in talking or hearing about Olympic sports and doping, I'm interested in participating. My participation in sport completed years ago, but I was motivated to act after seeing that this summer's Olympics in Rio had as many problems as ever. The established anti-doping system failed to prevent state-sanctioned doping in Russia and implement repercussions that were aligned with the WADA code. If the rules that were in place at the time of my career were actually enforced, I would have two more world titles, another world record, and an Olympic gold medal. These kind of accomplishments can make a career in the world of Olympic sport and I am sickened by the realization that, after all these years, the system has not improved enough to safeguard the integrity of the Olympic Games. The structure in place to enforce protocol is faulty. We need an independent policing force, more transparency, and empowered athletes. I feel it's my responsibility to contribute in whatever way I can to a better atmosphere of competition for younger generations of athletes.