One topic has been stuck in my head for the last few days, and is something that I feel is important to blog about; drugs in my sport of track and field.
I can't imagine the reasoning that goes on in an athletes mind when they justify taking a Performance Enhancing Drug, or PED. But, I can tell you why I never have, and never will: My integrity is worth more to me than an Olympic medal.
It seems to me that integrity gets lost when ones dream becomes an obsession, when an athlete's mind can't see past their immediate goal, when they want their dream to come true, too soon.
PEDs are short cuts. Short cuts that not only hurt athletes in the long run but hurt the sports that we love.
Is there a solution to this problem? I hope so.
This situation that my sport has to deal with is nothing different from any other Olympic sport. Every athlete has an obsession with their sport. If they didn't, they wouldn't be on the Olympic path. Some athletes deal with their obsession is a healthy way, and some do not. Athletes either decide to let their body's develop through intense training, while others become impatient, or greedy, and attempt to speed up the process with illegal performance enhancing drugs.
So, here is my testament to the world; I have never ingested or exposed my body to any performance enhancing drugs. Period. Never will.