Bode Miller and Performance Enhancing Drugs

While this is somewhat old, but it is pertinent as of now:

…Miller offered a unique argument for legalizing the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

“I’m surprised it’s illegal,” Miller said, “because in our sport, it would be pretty minimal health risks, and it would actually make it safer for the athletes, because you’d have less chance of making a mistake at the bottom and killing yourself.”

That burn you feel in your legs at the bottom of a course? That indicates anaerobic oxygen depletion of your blood. Miller reasons your brain is similarly effected.

Endurance-boosting drugs such as erythropoietin, which is very much banned in Olympic sports, would help keep oxygen flowing to the brain, allowing skiers to make safer decisions, Miller said.

“You have to make four or five decisions every second in skiing, every turn,” said the overall World Cup champion. “[These are] conscious decisions, plus there’s another hundred that are instinct. And when your brain starts to slow down, as if you’re holding your breath for two minutes, it makes it damn hard to make those decisions.”

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Bode makes an interesting point that is alluring at first. However, a bit of thought bats Bode’s thought on the matter down. Mainly, the competition World Cup skiers face is going to put them back on the edge sooner or later. If the raw competition does not do it, then course designers will put them back in that exhausted state. The idea is people skiing at World Cup levels are supposed to be on the edge of not just their abilities, but on the edge of human ability, period!

Some advice, keep it to gripes about the equipment rules, which I am much more agreeable with.

Good Stuff!

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