December 5, 1990
Experts in East Germany developed a performance-enhancing nasal spray before the 1988 Olympic Games that had the same effect as anabolic steroids and was virtually undetectable, a leading swimmer alleged Tuesday. Raik Hannemann, who Monday admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs, said traces of the drug's use would disappear after three days.
October 31, 1990 |
Former Olympic diver Bruce Kimball will serve less than five years of a 17-year sentence for a 1988 drunk-driving accident that killed two teen-agers, the Florida Parole Commission decided Tuesday. The commission voted to release Kimball Nov. 24, 1993, unless the case is brought back to the commission for disciplinary action by the Department of Corrections, parole spokeswoman Ruth Anne Reese said.
October 30, 1990 |
Two years ago in Seoul, Korea, the Olympics suffered through its biggest drug scandal when Ben Johnson of Canada lost his gold medal after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Rumors were rife in the Olympic village that other big-time athletes also tested positive, but none of those rumors were verified. Still, word of another potential scandal quietly reached the International Olympic Committee's medical commission in Seoul. It involved Stacey Augmon. Augmon, a guard for the U.S.
September 24, 1990 |
It was a scene that recalled the golden days for Ben Johnson. Almost. The media were there, as before, chronicling a news conference. Johnson was as before, shy and yet brimming with confidence. There was the bluster, the bragging, the promise of big things to come. This scene, which played out two weeks ago in Italy, was familiar, with one exception. The new element was the pervasive skepticism that now attends Johnson's boasts.
March 1, 1990
The Olympics are becoming too big, and some events and athletes are likely to be cut, President Juan Antonio Samaranch of the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday in Rome. Samaranch said it is necessary to trim participation to 10,000 competitors. About 13,000 athletes and officials attended the 1988 Summer Games at Seoul, and 15,000 are expected at Barcelona in 1992. He did not say which events might be eliminated.
June 12, 1989 |
Not since he ran in the 100-meter final last Sept. 24 at the Seoul Olympics has Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson had more at stake than he will today, when he begins his testimony before the Canadian government's commission of inquiry into drug use by athletes. Johnson won the 100 meters at Seoul in the fastest time ever, 9.79 seconds, but the gold medal and the world record were taken away after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid in a post-race drug test. Upon returning to his Toronto home, Johnson said at a news conference that he never "knowingly" used banned drugs, apparently attempting to place the blame on his coach, Charlie Francis, and his doctor, Jamie Astaphan.