[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]
What is it? An anabolic steroid (a steroid that acts as the hormone testosterone) that occurs in small amounts in the human body.
Medical Use: Used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, to aid in the growth of blood cells in bone marrow, and to help tissue and muscle growth in people suffering from degenerative diseases like AIDS.
Athletic Use: To grow muscle mass and aid in physical recovery from workouts.
Possible Negative Side Effects: Cardiovascular damage, sexual dysfunction, liver damage, acne, sterility, baldness, enlarged prostate.
Is it legal? Available only by prescription.
If he was truly natural – and wanted to seriously prove it – he could take a test and post it. anything less is just empty words. I have worked with a variety of physique and bodybuilders – and its hard to look like him with just diet and discipline. I am not saying he doesn’t bust his ass in the gym – he very well may…but Ive known far too many of these guys who try to sell their meal plans and training programs with the “do this and look like me” and then people are disappointed when they dont….and the reason is they aren’t taking the “supplements” that those guys are….its just sad to see how many people getting duped and are out money and then self esteem.