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08-09-2012, 12:13 PM
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NA Athletes

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Originally Posted by steve141 View Post
I think we've had this discussion before, but I'll just repeat my point: It's been shown time and time again that the NA track-and-field athletes were using just as much doping as the Soviets and the East Germans during the eighties. Why would we assume the situation in the hockey world would be different? To claim that the Soviet players were using and the NA were not without anything really pointing to this is just biased.

And Krutov's demise was not primarily because of lack of strength but lack of fitness. The guy gained weight, fell into alcoholism, and wasn't fit enough to play in the 2nd tier Swedish league. That's not a typical drop-off.
The East Germans had a systematic approach to doping summer and winter Olympic sports:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doping_in_East_Germany

well beyond track and field. Didn't help their hockey program.

Doping in NA extended beyond track and field. NFL football players from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s have shown post career symptoms and health issues related to doping. Lyle Alzado being an example.
Point is that there has not been any evidence that NHL players from the 1960s,1970s,1980s have not shown similar symtoms and health issues.

Conversely some NHL players from the 1990s onwards - PED era have been caught.

Soviet Union. See the link below:

http://joepapp.blogspot.ca/2010/03/f...er-sports.html

interpret endurance athletes to include hockey players and you see why there may be suspicion.

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