I’m sure most of you reading have heard that Lance Armstrong finally decided to publicly tell the truth. I’m not here to write about Armstrong, or doping in cycling, widely considered the dirtiest sport in the world. I want to touch on the lingering sentiment that exists within our great sport. The fact that Armstrong says that “everyone was doing it”. Meaning, this somehow makes it right. Now I don’t know about you guys, but when I was growing up, my parents told me several times, “well, if all your friends are jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, would you?” And me being the pimply, crackly voiced whippersnapper was forced to mutter, “no”. Because I wouldn’t! In no universe is lowering yourself to the mobs level sound logic. But this old adage is exactly what a moral decision like this comes down to. The “everybody is doing it” excuse just doesn’t fly, sorry. This logic is flawed and in my opinion, weak minded. Weak minds tend to struggle in an individual sport like track and field. That’s pretty much a scientific fact. Pessimists like to proclaim that everyone in track and field is a roid head. That’s the biggest cop out ever! It’s times like these that more people should speak up on the issue. No sir, if you can’t do it clean, doesn’t mean that I can’t. And vise versa. I don’t like cop outs. I’m a “why not?” guy. This has been a driving force in my career, especially in Kamloops. As an American hammer thrower in todays generation, I think you kinda have to be.
In my career, when I’ve heard this kind of mess thrown my way, it pisses me off to no end. Because it’s an insult. You’re telling me that I possibly can’t be doing the things that I do, or have done without the aid of PED’s. There has to be some other reason. You’ll almost always get an expletive or three from me on that one. There’s a certain population of people that throws mud like this and they will always do it. Maybe they don’t have the knowledge of just how comprehensive and actually random drug testing is in our sport. Or perhaps they don’t care. We all need to do our part to rid ourselves of this culture of people just thinking drugs in sport is normal. It is not.
All forms of cheating, whether it be drugs, long hammers, light hammers or other shenanigans are disgraceful. And a result from people I like to call mental midgets. Actually, I think that gem came from Coach MacKay..
That’s my two cents. Have a great week! Go out and do something someone said you couldn’t
Source: Kibwé Johnson