So it looks like the Tour De France winner was "allegedly" doping. Of course of course, he's the victim of bad meat... just like that ball player blamed his Dr and the olympic gymnast blamed the cold medicine. And what I keep coming back to is, To what End?
Why do you cheat to win something like the Tour De France? Money? Is it really about the money? What satisfaction do you get out of not really winning it on your own? I think it would be empty. I think on some level you would always rot a little inside knowing you shouldn't have won, but of course, if you lie about it you get a sponsorship and if you come clean, you probably lose the sponsorship and have to pay some big fines and junk. So, I guess I get it. It's GREED. At the international level (be it olympic or biking or whatnot), if you dope to win, you might still walk away with $ or a sponsorship.
So a while ago I read a blog about someone who saw a woman not finish the out and back on a 5K. Where is the satisfaction from winning a 5K, if you didn't really WIN IT? I mean, there's no real money in winning a local charity 5K race. That's just silly. At a local level race you're really competing for bragging rights, aren't you? And where is the fun of "winning bragging rights", if you didn't really win them?
I think back to my first 5K, and how SLOW it was, and you know what? I was SO STINKING PROUD of that finish! I was HIGH on it. I earned it. I owned it. I knew in that moment that I would never win one of those races, and hell, I would never even "beat" my friends, but damn-it, I was still so proud of my accomplishment.
It makes me sad to read about these "false" players in the world of sports who don't appreciate their own sense of self. It does. Because if they were proud of themselves, they would never allow themselves to be "tainted" by bad meat, or accidental doping, or even, cut a 5K short on the path to a better PR.