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These pro racers need to get the f'n clue...(5 posts)

These pro racers need to get the f'n clue...eschelon
Jul 18, 2002 8:49 AM
Kirk O'bee of the former US Postal then Navigators squad was suspended as of July 15 '02 for one year for testing positive for steroid use.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2002/jul02/jul19news

I got three letters to express how I feel about this: WTF? Since the Dog excuse, and "exotic" food intake from South America has already been used, Kirk claimed that the positive steroid use was attributed to his coach and intake of supplements.

Do these athletes not read the news or do any half-ass attempt in research? The IOC output a report a few months back claiming that many commericial supplements contain many forms of steroids and chemical compounds not listed on their packaging that are on the banned drugs list...and that athletes need to stay clear away from these supplements in general and to be extremly wary of what they are taking...since that is just about impossible, it's better to just stay clear away from that supplement crap and just eat real food. If Kirk ingested some said supplement without knowing EXACTLY what was in that crap, that's unfortunate...but in this time of our sport, we are all cynical with persons found guilty who either claim they didn't know better, or their dog/coach/aunt used it or gave it to them.
Huhgrzy
Jul 18, 2002 9:00 AM
Pretty easy for you to take pot shots and have no idea of what it's like being in their shoes. Yup, pro racers are all a bunch of morons and they should hire you as their personal coach to get them through the difficult times. Face it, you've got no idea what's going on in the guy's life or head other than what you read 3rd hand in some rag written for people who don't have a life. But hey, I might be wrong. I doubt you know exactly what is in the crap you eat.
You certainly don't know what is in your food, buttz
Jul 18, 2002 9:39 AM
you are not a pro racer either. IMO, if someone's career depends on being superbly healthy, he'd better know exactly what his food consists of. If rider's doctors and coaches conspired to make him take supplements, then... I just don't know.
However I agree with eschelon that after all the recent doping scandals the "coach gave it to me" excuse sounds unoriginal, even if the rider IS innocent, which is possible.
Why so defensive?TypeOne
Jul 18, 2002 11:17 AM
Heck, I might even agree with you on some of your points, but you really lit into the guy there. 'Roid rage?
Just kidding.

I imagine the pressure to get any edge as a pro racer is intense, but I can also believe O'Bee's defense. Sad story.
I was bummed out reading that.....wonderdog
Jul 18, 2002 9:23 AM

I know O'bee personally and believe that he did not dope intentionally. He's had a phenominal season and wouldn't risk throwing it away. Why is this news coming out a year after the sample was taken? at any rate, i agree that it's dangerous for pro cyclists to take supplements these days. much different than taking 2 aspirin and some vitamins.