Here Come the Olympics.

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  • Author(s): Kennedy, Donald
  • Source:
    Science. 7/30/2004, Vol. 305 Issue 5684, p573-573. 1p.
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    • Abstract:
      The Olympics are upon, and sports fans can't wait for the nonstop television diet of sports molded from the classic Greek tradition, like wrestling and track, and of others added to the occasion, like rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and even baseball. The Olympics selects athletes performing at the edge of their physical capacity, pushing competitors into training regimes unheard of decades ago. The big science problem, is that in the sports that most directly measure individual athletic ability, there is no guarantee that the playing field is level. Now several U.S. track and field athletes, including a few prospective Olympic competitors, are under suspicion, and others will remain radioactive until the testing regime improves enough to earn public trust.