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Marion Jones Admits Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

By October 5, 2007

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Marion Jones
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Marion Jones, a three-time Olympic track and field gold medalist, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators regarding her denials of using performance-enhancing drugs. Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice today in federal court in White Plains, New York. She also admitted taking steroids before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She tearfully announced her retirement after the hearing. Read more at Google News.

Read the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Statement on Marion Jones

What is THG?
Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) is a designer steroid that has a similar chemical structure as other steroids banned in sports. It seems as though THG was specifically manufactured so it would not be detected in doping tests. The FDA banned the sale of THG in 2003. They said it was not a supplement but an unapproved drug, which makes any sale or use of it illegal.

What Are Anabolic Steroids?
Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone. Athletes have been found to use steroids illegally in order to build muscle strength and speed for sports. Using them is risky, though, because they can have dangerous side effects, including:

  • liver damage
  • heart disease
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • "roid rage" - intense outbursts of anger and mood swings.
  • as well as other side effects

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Using Hormones for Sport (Video)

More about Performance Enhancing Drugs

October 9, 2007 at 7:49 pm
(1) Dr.Graham Sayer says:

When discussing anabolic hormones, you should be more honest by pointing out that preparations legally prescribed (such as nandrolone) are beneficial in many conditions, e.g osteoporosis, significant weight loss post-operative,aplastic anaemia, HIV etc. When administered at the normal dose such hormones significantly improve quality of life.
Note also, that veterinarians routinely inject million dollar racehorses with anabolic steroids. Misuse of these drugs is the injection of massive doses, often ten times above the normal dose scale.
Note also, that anabolic steroids do not build muscle, they merely place the body into a positive nitrogen status. An athlete still has to do just as much training to be successful. Their benefits are highly exaggerated by the media and some medical personnel who should know better. Have a nice day. Regards
Graham, medical scientist and former consultant to WHO.

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