Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Wednesday Roundup

Quote of the Day

Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis launched a nationwide media campaign to clear himself of blood-doping charges. He started in New York, then hopped on his bike and arrived in Los Angeles six hours later. link
After three weeks of trying, we're finally being indexed by Technorati, which should make things easier to find.

News and Gossip Dept.

Finnish Shotputter caught, confesses; no word on what the readings or method was.

Allowing doping considered, and rejected; philosophical arguments by Gary Becker and Richard Posner (who'd be on the Supreme Court in a better world). These guys are both advocates of the "does it make economic sense" school of thought, considering costs, benefits and tradeoffs in ethical decision making.

Schadenfreude, an example with Dick [defined]

Soy, Soy, Soy; followup wondering about sports drinks and C13.

New discussion, another, and another, at Freakonomics (and an old one).

Statistics and medical decisions, from Scientific American, linked from Freakanomics; shows why claims of infallibility for tests are bogus.

Floyd's long term doping, theory linked to by Freakonomics.

Good discussion at LetsRun, starts with pounding Pound, gets into science around page 3, showing a range of views from "tests are always right" through "there is a lot of fudge in them that can give bad results, either way" all the way to "if you don't agree with me, you're a p***y".

Research Division

Five years of USADA annual reports.
In 2001 (see page 13), 8 athletes AAF-ed on testosterone, couldn't find list of athletes.

In 2002 (see page 22), 2 athletes AAF-ed on testosterone: Dave Owens (bobsled), Jake Jensen (track), Chip Minton (bobsled) and Andrew Garcey (weightlifting) sanctioned. [carryover cases from 2001, probably.[

In 2003 (see page 36), 6 athletes AAF-ed on testosterone: Andrew Eggerth (track) and Edris Gonzales (weightlifting) sanctioned.

In 2004 (see page 34), 2 athletes AAF-ed on testosterone: Michelle Collins (track), Dean Goad (weightlifting), Chesen Frey (cycling) sanctioned.

In 2005 (see page 17), 5 athletes were caught on testosterone: Matt DeCanio (cycling, confession w/o AAF), others unidentified.

In 2006, I've found George Hartman, and of course Gatlin, who was caught by by doing IRMS on all the samples from those championships.
USADA research includes a 2002-2005 study by Don Catlin, MD, at UCLA for IRMS for testosterone. It's got subscripts, so I'll play dumb and let you look.

UCI Testosterone cases:
2006, Barry Forde; on appeal to CAS.
1999, Armstrong rash cream clarification (no offense found).
CAS Statistics, crappy site, navigate to the statistics tab. Case law is lacking, I need to find another source or index.

Jeremy Serreau, French swimmer in 2004.

Discussion of 6:1 to 4:1 at page 11, in WADA Minutes of Sept 2005. Trying to resolve false positives against additional catches. Conclusion: leave at 4:1, revisit in 2007.

[updated 23:06]