Artful-dodgeR wrote:So did people call Phelps and Thorpe cheaters as soon a they blitzed records?
I think I'd actually go ahead and say that it's a bit of racism or at least prejudice, I'm sure if it was an Aussie/US girl who set the record then nobody would bat an eyelid but the instant it's a Chinese/Russian who breaks a record then everybody speculates about doping (like they aren't all using recovery agents anyway).
I don't think it's a big stretch to assume that a country with a population of 1.3 BILLION can find themselves a record breaker in an individual sport, swimmers also have a history of coming into their prime at a very early age and then burning out due to injury or just a decline in skill/enthusiasm. Leisel Jones qualified for Australia at 15 and won 2 silver medals at sydney at something like a month past her 15th birthday, she smashed the world championships the next year and the year after that she smashed everyone at the Commonwealth Games.
The only reason people are speculating that Phelps is a doper is because he's been so successful and then all of a sudden can't win ****, maybe it's the drugs... or maybe a 15 year old chinese girl just wants it more than a bunch of spoiled, rich, western girls do... jeez just LOOK at the shape someone like Jones is in this time around, she looks freaking pregnant.
edit: not like it matters if she was cheating anyway, they keep blood/urine for years these days, she'll just get stripped in 10 years when they finally figure out her masking agent.