I asked him for some examples. He mentioned a world-famous athlete. He did not say the athlete’s name, but you didn’t have to be a genius, or even a sports nerd, to know he meant Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, worldwide sports celebrity and anti-cancer crusader, has just been taken down by the United States Anti-Doping Agency despite his oft-repeated protestations that he has always tested clean.
That’s almost true. Back in 1999, Armstrong was dinged for a corticosteroid, but he produced a doctor’s prescription saying it was used for saddle sores and so he was never sanctioned. It is true that Armstrong, one of the most drug-tested athletes ever, has passed every other test.
So how can an anti-doping agency say he cheated?