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  • State-Run Doping

    A shocking description of Russia’s state-run doping program, in vivid detail that even Moscow no longer disputes. Putin was forced to crack down.
  • The Doping Scandal: sport’s dirtiest secret

    This blood doping investigation exposed for the first time the extraordinary extent of cheating by athletes at the world's most prestigious events. The story was based on a database which was leaked by a whistle-blower who was disturbed by the failure of the authorities to tackle the problem. It provided a devastating insight into the blood test results of 5,000 athletes dating from the turn of the century to the London Olympics. Many were shown to have risked death by recklessly using transfusions or banned red-cell-boosting drugs which made their blood so thick they should have been seeking hospital treatment rather than competing.
  • The Case of Alex Rodriguez

    60 MINUTES' investigation of the details in the doping case of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez includes the only interview with Major League Baseball's chief witness against him, the recently indicted Anthony Bosch -- who says he injected Rodriguez with banned substances.
  • 60 Minutes: Armstrong

    "This story uncovers new evidence about accusations that have long haunted cyclist Lance Armstrong: that he was using performance enhancing drugs when he won the Tour de France. What was found was new information surrounding a federal grand jury that is now investigating whether Armstrong led a systematic doping program when he was captain of the U.S. team."
  • Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

    San Francisco Chronicle reporters broke the story that some elite athletes used drugs to "run faster, hit harder, and cash in on the fame that comes only to those at the very top of their games." Fainaru-Wada and Williams used"Federal Grand Jury transcripts and federal investigative reports... court records and state health department records," among other documents. (332 pages)
  • Trouble at the Track

    The Star-Ledger investigates "the illegal medication of horses in New Jersey standardbred (harness) racing." The reporter points out that the subject is known within the industry but rarely discussed publicly even by racing magazines. The series' main findings are that doping is common, the tests to detect it are inadequate, and other measures such as random barn checks are not being implemented. "The state agency charged with policing the sport had allowed many of its drug offenders top continue racing as their cases dragged through appeals," the investigation reveals.
  • Has something to get off his chest

    Texas Monthly profiles elite cyclist Lance Armstrong, the two-time Tour de France winner. "He doesn't use performance-enhancing drugs, he insists, no matter what his critics in the European press and elsewhere say. And yet the accusations keep coming," the magazine reports. The story depicts Lance's battle with testicular cancer, which had spread to his lungs and brain. The article examines how the use of EPO - a drug that saved Lance from cancer - and other dopes can enhance performance, and reveals how riders have always been a step ahead of the testers. A major finding is that "dopers enjoy a solidarity that is maintained by a code of silence."
  • USOC- Drugs

    The Early Show finds that "the former Chief Anti-doping Officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) claims the USOC encourages banned drug use by athletes by ignoring such use, and by ensuring a lax testing and punishment system." Gumbel, Owen and Zarpas found, among other things, that "several former athletes and coaches who are known to have used banned, performance-enhancing substances, were hired by the USOC to oversee its alleged 'anti-doping' efforts."
  • The Perfect Race

    ABC News 20/20 reports on an international doping scandal involving "young athletes in East Germany during a government sponsored scheme to win Gold medals at any cost." The investigation reveals "a sinister experiment carried out ... on children as young as age 10..." in order "to turn young women into virtual men." The report uncovers documents from "the Stasi headquarters (East Germany's secret police) ... [which] detailed how more that 10,000 athletes were systematically doped by a state-sanctioned scheme over a 20-year period." The production features interviews "with East German athletes who were victimized by this government-run program" and "athletes from the United States who would have won the Olympic Gold medals had the East German athletes been disqualified."
  • Unfair Olympic Advantage?: U.S. Olympic Committee Keeps Athletes' Drug Test Stats Top Secret

    This investigation reveals "the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) policy against athlete drug testing data it compiles annually." The reporter finds that "national Olympic bodies of other countries ... were quite open with comparable testing data" and therefore examines "a possible motive for keeping the information out of the public domain..." The story alleges that "the information might substantiate persistent criticism that ... banned drug is high among American athletes in the Olympic programs."