Wired article: "The Olympics would be better if athletes were allowed to take drugs"

by notfastenough   September 11, 2012  

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/07/olympics-with-drugs

Any article that starts with "Poor old Lance Armstrong" is bound to stir up a few emotional responses...

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Hmmm, i dont like the idea of making it all legal. Where would it end ? you would get smack heads complaining to the human rights courts that "ATHLETES TAKE DRUGS - NOW LEGALISED - SO WHY CANT I?".

A bit cynical i know but honestly where would it all end. Thinking

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posted by stumps [2750 posts]
11th September 2012 - 14:37

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I think I read this the other day, But i'd like to see.....

Anyone banned for doping, banned for life, but included in the "Hyper Olympics" as I would call it.

Like a Olympics for dopers. Lets see how much can actually be gained by doping. Get all the dopers together and then doper the "nearly" men.....Have a bit of fun with it, Like human guinea pigs. Then see the results on the body. BUT also a very important thing. See how different types of doping can be found in testing.

Use things that all the top guys "might" be using and figure out ways of catching them.

I'd love to see a guy run the 100m in 7 seconds Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8853 posts]
11th September 2012 - 15:19

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I'd like to see someone go up Alpe D'huez in 38 minutes... oh wait...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3185 posts]
11th September 2012 - 15:39

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"Do you want to see someone run the 100m in ten seconds, or three?"

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
11th September 2012 - 23:32

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7 seconds would suit me fine. 3 seconds would be scary, plus you'd hardly see them. Thats 33m per second

So 3 second for 100m would be around 74mph Devil

7 seconds is around 32mph

The current world record 9.58 for Bolt works out at 23.3mph

Thats quicker than I'd do 100m on my bike from a track start I think

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posted by Gkam84 [8853 posts]
12th September 2012 - 0:13

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Since mach 1 at sea level is 330 m/s (IIRC), 0.3 sec would mean running at mach 0.1 - that would be bonkers.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3185 posts]
12th September 2012 - 9:34

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Gkam84 wrote:
So 3 second for 100m would be around 74mph Devil

Don't forget that from a stationary start that'd be their average over the 100m, if over the 3 seconds they have constant acceleration they'd actually be going around 150mph at the end. More likely though they'd get up to a speed of around 100mph in the first second then hold that for the last two.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th September 2012 - 9:41

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Yeah thats true. I should have noted that. I just put up their averages. I'd still struggle to beat Bolt on my bike though

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posted by Gkam84 [8853 posts]
12th September 2012 - 14:03

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What a great idea! But... anyone who thinks that drugs are a good idea should read this first http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/26/sports/drug-testing-east-german-steroi... Plus too many red blood cells = blood clots which can cause strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis. Just to please the crowd. Like I said; what a great idea Thinking

posted by SideBurn [804 posts]
12th September 2012 - 18:41

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I think the really important issue in the article concerns gene therapy and the fact that we'll be able to change our basic genetic nature in the future. Then there will be no 'true' human nature to test in sport regardless of whether drugs can be discovered or not.

Not sure I agree with allowing oxygen tents as well as drugs as they advantage the rich nations too much. In fact a lot of success in sport is down to money and opportunity as much as talent. Look at Mo Farah's twin brother who didn't come to the UK and is just a normal guy but was equal to Mo as a child.

posted by Alan Tullett [1455 posts]
12th September 2012 - 22:09

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I was just looking for a new book, and think I'll buy this - rather topicl for this discussion I thought:

Amped, by Daniel H Wilson

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Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3185 posts]
13th September 2012 - 12:59

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Why go down the technology/drug route? If on the 100m sprint you let a hungry lion go a split second after the starting signal! Faster times, happy crowd, a win win situation Devil For the road race an Addison Lee taxi driver let go after a set time Thinking

posted by SideBurn [804 posts]
13th September 2012 - 13:12

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