July 30, 2012 |
Of all the obstacles athletes have had to overcome to compete in the Olympics, perhaps the most controversial has been the gender test. Originally designed to prevent men from competing in women's events, it is based on the premise that competitors can be sorted into two categories via established scientific rules. But the biological boundaries of gender aren't always clear. Consider the Spanish hurdler Maria Jose Martinez-Patiño. A gender test revealed that she had a Y chromosome, which normally makes a person male.
July 30, 2012 |
Tests attempting to distinguish men from women for Olympic competition are almost as old as the modern Olympics. But as I write in an article in today's Los Angeles Times, the science behind these tests is anything but clear-cut. Depending on the study, it is estimated that somewhere from .5% to 1.7% of people are born with some intersex condition, meaning they have at least some characteristics of both sexes. In those cases, the Olympic Committee has a decision to make: Which race will the athlete run?
May 9, 2012 |
The anticipated world junior-welterweight title rematch between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan in Las Vegas on May 19 was canceled Wednesday by Golden Boy Promotions because of the fallout from Peterson's positive test for testosterone. "It's unfair to the public, HBO and the hotel [Mandalay Bay]," said Golden Boy Chief Executive Richard Schaefer , whose decision came after he was informed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that it would conduct a special session Tuesday to weigh Peterson's licensing.
May 8, 2012 |
World junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson has tested positive for synthetic testosterone, jeopardizing his May 19 title defense against England's Amir Khan at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and Richard Schaefer, Peterson's promoter, confirmed Tuesday they've been notified of the positive test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Assn. Kizer received a letter Tuesday explaining the result from Peterson's attorney.
May 8, 2012 |
World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson has tested positive for synthetic testosterone, jeopardizing his May 19 title defense against England's Amir Khan at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, said Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and Peterson's promoter, Richard Schaefer. Kizer and Schaefer confirmed the positive result for synthetic testosterone and are now awaiting a letter Tuesday explaining the result from Peterson's attorney, both men said.
April 4, 2012 |
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone levels at a surprise test conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a UFC news conference. The repercussions are the jeopardizing of a heavyweight title fight between Overeem and champion Junior Dos Santos on May 26 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and a mandatory appearance before the commission in the near future at which the fate of his fighting license will be determined.
December 10, 2011 |
National League most valuable player Ryan Braun has tested positive for a banned substance and is appealing to avoid a 50-game suspension, according to people familiar with the case. ESPN cited two sources Saturday in first reporting the result, saying the Milwaukee Brewers slugger tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, and that a later test by the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Montreal determined that it was synthetic. A spokesman for Braun, who beat out the Dodgers' Matt Kemp in MVP voting, said in a statement issued to ESPN and the Associated Press that "there are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence.
November 14, 2011 |
Jay-Z sees himself changing diapers in the very near future. GQ's man of the year says that he fully intends to be an active and involved father when wife Beyonce, due in February, gives birth to their first child. "Providing -- that's not love," he told the magazine . " Being there -- that's more important. " For many men, though, fatherhood may be synonymous with finances. According to health writer Jeannine Stein , "a study published online in March in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that among 66 couples, men were freaked out about family and pregnancy issues and generally felt overloaded.
November 9, 2011 |
You have to hand it to Volkswagen. The company is axle deep in the middle of a global automotive ascent that hinges on mainstreaming and Americanizing the schnitzel out of its sedans, the Jetta and Passat. Yet at the same time, albeit with a hefty reliance on the corporate parts bin, Volkswagen manages to put together one of its most unique and balanced models in the entire fleet. That effort is the 2012 Beetle. Volkswagen went to some lengths to make sure this new Beetle is not the "New Beetle" that debuted in 1998.
September 12, 2011 |
Age is just a number. But for men, that number says a lot about what's going on in their bodies. Starting at about age 30, men start producing less testosterone, the hormone that helps spark sex drive, build muscle and stoke energy, ambition and aggression. In short, it helps men feel manly. For all of the talk about "male menopause," the loss of testosterone isn't anything like the hormonal nose dive that women go through. Instead of essentially disappearing all at once, testosterone levels usually decline by about 1% every year (although they can drop more dramatically, especially if a man becomes ill)