January 15, 1985 |
U.S. Olympic cycling coach Eddy Borysewicz and one of his gold medalists, Alexi Grewal, disagreed Monday about who was responsible for the controversial blood doping transfusions of a third of the 24-member American cycling team. Grewal, who passed up transfusions, said that Borysewicz had been primarily responsible for them. Borysewicz said he merely had told his cyclists that the transfusions were not illegal and would be helpful in increasing their stamina.
July 5, 1986 |
As cyclists from all over the world pedal around the track at Moscow's Olympic velodrome this week, one guy in the pack will stand out because he's barely larger than his bike. David Brinton will represent the United States in the one-kilometer individual race at the Goodwill Games, which begin today. And, at 5-9 and 137 pounds, he's the Spud Webb of cyclists. Sprinters are normally about 200 pounds and bulked with muscles because it's easier for them to accelerate.
January 19, 1985 |
The U.S. Cycling Federation prohibited blood doping Friday, becoming the first national sports federation either in the United States or abroad to move beyond deploring the practice of transfusions to a formal ban against them. The cycling group, meeting at Colorado Springs, Colo., set penalties of 30 days suspension from competition for a first offense, 180 days for a second and indefinite suspension for a third.
January 12, 1985 |
The physician reported to have given blood doping transfusions last summer to a third of the 24-member U.S. Olympic cycling team--including five medal winners--said Friday he had done nothing "illegal or unethical or detrimental to any athlete." Dr. Herman Falsetti, a University of Iowa heart specialist who also has a home in Laguna Beach and is licensed to practice in California, said: "I know of no Olympic rules that would prohibit (blood doping).
February 4, 1987 |
Eddy Borysewicz, coach of the U.S. men's cycling team, was asked to assess the cycling ability of John Moffet. "I am sorry. I do not know him. Who?" John Moffet. Olympic swimmer. Had a world record in the breaststroke. Just graduated from Stanford. He's in Colorado Springs, Colo., right now, riding a bike at your national training camp. He's . . . "Oh, yes. Now I know him. Yes. Very nice man. Interesting man. Very good body. Very good potential. But the switch from swimming is not overnight.
February 5, 1985 |
These are dark, angry days for Eddy Borysewicz, suspended by the United States Cycling Federation for 30 days as coach of the Olympic cycling team for his role in the blood doping of eight team members last summer.