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You people missed the boat on the Tammy Thomas issue(7 posts)

You people missed the boat on the Tammy Thomas issuePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 5, 2002 12:12 PM
After reading all your posts replying to my thread below about Tammy Thomas I realized a lot of you missed the boat completely on this topic.

The debate has nothing to do with her looking like a man from drug use. As disturbing, cool, weird or whatever other emotion you want to see from it the issue is SHE WAS DOPING. And if she looked like that much of a man last year at worlds when she won a silver medal why wasn't she caught sooner especially after a previous suspension? Its been speculated for years top pro's use performance enhancing drugs... and some have been caught. But those that don't are just blend in with all the other fast guys. They don't look any different. When it comes to the case of Tammy Thomas she blatantly looks like a man.

So, every woman who looks like a man must be doping?TJeanloz
Sep 5, 2002 12:41 PM
Here in Boston, (and up in Canada, if memory serves correctly) a lot of women look like men. I'm pretty sure they aren't all doping. You can't single somebody out for testing because they look wierd. Imagine it, singling out an athlete because they looked like they had too much muscle- it's the athletes JOB to have muscles. Your basic premise is childish and unimaginable to most- which is, I suspect, why you didn't get much response the first time around.
Sep 5, 2002 12:47 PM
Just because a woman looks like a man doesn't means she's doping. And you can't discriminate against someone because they are fast or when it is blatantly obvious like in Tammy Thomas's case. But why aren't there measures in place during off season to protect against this? Especially when its a person like Tammy Thomas who has tested positive before. Drugs are a huge part of our sport whether we like it or not... same with xc skiing.

i was in boston last week and saw...rufus
Sep 6, 2002 8:43 AM
one of those women who looks like a man.

oh wait, that WAS a man, in a woman's dress and heels. sorry, my mistake.
Truthfully, I don't care either way.Quack
Sep 5, 2002 12:47 PM
If some pro athletes want to dope up to give themselves a competitive edge, I could give a rat's ass. I understand your concern for what doping does to the sport at an elite level, but for the average road racer like myself, I don't care. If guys that I race with want to take speed, inject steroids, or blood dope, they may beat me across the line and win the measly $100, but I'll be the one still riding long after they've developed cancer or suffered heart damage and died from their need to win.
What's your point - really?grzy
Sep 5, 2002 2:01 PM
That she wasn't caught sooner? Well gee Tennessee why don't you ask the wizzards that run the sport and the drug testing which has been show to be very lacking? Are you looking for us to agree with you or disagree with you. Or do you just want something to whine about? Hell, look at the TdF - they have a hrad time catching the guys that do dope until well after the fact then spend a huge amount of time trying to catch guys that don't. It's all politics. So now you got a woman that looks like a mna and has been caught doping - she must be a witch - let's burn her at the stake!! I know of a really easy drug test - witches float.
Who was in between the two amazons in the pic? nmNo_sprint
Sep 5, 2002 2:29 PM