Friday, August 25, 2006

Another Trevor Graham sprinter must have had another tainted massage...

"Another track athlete coached by Trevor Graham has tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs."- Associated Press


Poor Trevor Graham. The guy is just trying to coach sprinters on the fundamentals of being fast, and every time he turns around one of them pops positive for some sort of performance enhancer. According to Graham, other track clubs are out to get him, governing bodies are out to get him and jealous coaches from his past are sabotaging him. Oh, and of course angry masseuses around the globe have united to destroy his reputation.

He has had close to a dozen of his athletes pop positive or be brought under the microscope of the BALCO scandal. I'm no investigative reporter....but there sure seems to be a connection, no? In just the past few weeks his top named athlete (Justin Gatlin) tested positive and got a minimum of eight years suspension. Marion Jones (who may not train with him anymore, but had close ties), who was named in the BALCO scandal, recently popped for EPO. And his latest victim of what I am sure he will claim is part of the conspiracy to bring him down, LaTasha Jenkins, pops for nandrolone.

Ok, I'm no genius. But, clearly, whatever Graham is teaching his athletes about doping is NOT working. Nandrolone is Deca-durabolin, which is a steroid that is long acting and stays in your system for up to 18 months. If you aren't on the proper masking schedule (and obviously, Graham's athletes are not well versed in this) you are CRAZY to take it when competing in a tested environment. The bottom line is: Graham is obviously breaking the rules. Which is a sad thing all by itself. But couple that with the obvious stupidity involved in his methods of doing it....and you have a farce of Olympic proportions. (Sorry. Couldn't help it.)


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