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    Vaulter: Drug cheaters don't belong in Athens

    By Elliott Almond
    Mercury News


    Women's pole vault pioneer Stacy Dragila said Thursday that drug cheaters need to be punished before the U.S. Olympic track and field trials this July in Sacramento.

    Speaking at the Stanford track, the defending Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion said she welcomed the U.S. Anti-doping Agency's aggressive new efforts to rid the sport of drug cheaters.

    ``Too many big names could be potentially on that list,'' Dragila said of the push by the agency to use evidence from the Balco Laboratories investigation to force athletes to accept a ban. ``So what are you going to do? The clean athletes want them out.''

    Dragila, who grew up in the Sierra foothills town of Auburn, said she was saddened by the news that sprinter Kelli White admitted this week to using performance-enhancing drugs and accepted a two-year ban. But Dragila, 33, said some in the track community questioned White's meteoric rise last year, when the Union City sprinter won world and national titles in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.

    ``We were all like, `Holy cow! I remember you in 2000, in 2001, and then you come out last year just busting down the door.' Everybody speculates. You don't want to, but you always wonder who's doing what.

    ``When someone starts to blaze the saddle, red flags go up. It's not just her. There are many other ones that are going to come out, and I'm glad.''

    Targeting athletes linked to Balco, a Burlingame nutrition company, drug testers are negotiating to prevent some from competing in the Olympics in return for their cooperation to help clean up the sport.

    Dragila said she can't understand why some of her fellow track athletes would use banned drugs: ``For someone to do something to their body for a chance of fame or fortune, I think is asinine. I just would never do that to myself. Not for any amount of money. It's not worth it.''

    Dragila, who is scheduled to vault at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open at Stanford on May 31, accepts that athletes give up rights to compete. Before she travels, her husband, Brent, sends faxes to four organizations involved with track and drug testing to alert officials of Dragila's whereabouts. Brent does this so she doesn't miss a drug test, which eventually could result in a ban. Dragila also said she spends $500 a year for respiratory tests to prove that she suffers from asthma.

  • #2
    Re: Stacy Dragila has it right

    play by the rules, whatever the rules are, or do not play.

    Any athlete that cheats and uses drugs that are against the rules should be taken out and SHOT.

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    • #3
      Re: Stacy Dragila has it right

      highjumpsteve:

      "Taken out and shot"...really, do you mean to sound so severe? You really ought watch your language...PC types will take your language literally and just might pursue you in a court of law near you!

      Kurt

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      • #4
        Re: Stacy Dragila has it right

        just ignore him, the air up there for those high jumpers is thin -- brain doesn't work so well

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        • #5
          Re: Stacy Dragila has it right

          >just ignore him, the air up there for those high jumpers is thin -- brain
          >doesn't work so well>>>>

          Hey baskethead, watch the HJ insults...there are a bunch of us on here and we watch each others backs! LOL

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          • #6
            Re: Stacy Dragila has it right

            "Any athlete that cheats and uses drugs that are against the rules should be taken out and SHOT."

            Great thinking Steve. And what would you have done to rapists and murderers - peel the skin off them like an onion in a public execution?

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