The athletes I admire thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by k7, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    First up today is New England Patriots defensive end Ty Warren who has decided that his college degree is important. Yes - took him a little time to come to this conclusion but dang, he's to be greatly admired for being a role model to his family.

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  2. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Eddy Merckx. Greatest cyclist of all time, who did it without dope:

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    The performance enhancing drug of his day was stimulants. There's no reason to believe he wasn't using them along with everyone else, is there?

    He tested positive in 1969. I see he tested positive three times: The Giro of '69, the Tour of Lombardy '73 and the Flèche
    Wallone 1977.

    He protested the 1969 test. Here's an explanation of what may have happened:

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  4. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    I got nothing. Maybe Jim Clark, at best.
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  5. BrainBender

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    Ricky Carmichael, the GOAT. I admire the way he never gave up.
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  6. NC-Okie

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    +1 for Ricky Carmichael!

    Tony Stewart may be an hothead on the track and hates the media but he is very generous with his money and planes when it comes to the Make A Wish foundation, child charities and Veteran foundations.

    Granted it can be called a tax cause but he could spend the money other ways.
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  7. PirateJohn

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    Many of Merckx's contemporaries have died from what would seem to be the side effects of a number of drugs. And steroids were certainly popular back then. There was a lot of sharing of needles.

    Luis Ocana had hepatitis C when he committed suicide.

    Jose Manuel Fuente died of kidney disease and hepatitis that he claimed he contracted from shared needles.

    Jacques Anquetil was pretty open about being an amphetamine enthusiast.

    Joop Zoetemelk was adamant that, when he tested positive for steroids, the tests were wrong because he hadn't used steroids for over 6 months and the riders had been assured that 6 months was a safe interval between use and testing.

    And so forth.

    Merckx was accompanied by a physician throughout almost all of his career. I know that one time he failed a drug test it was because he had taken a cold medication that was over-the-counter in either the USA or Europe (I want to say that he took a dose of pseudoephedrine but I'm not positive about that).

    Arguably Merckx and Lance Armstrong are the most tested athletes of all time.

    We'll never know, but Merckx clearly was an amazing talent. And there doesn't seem to be any reason to think that he used steroids or amphetamines.

    Beer and cigarettes maybe, but that's a different story. :wink:
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    PirateJohn Banned

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    You have to admire Lance Armstrong. While I personally think that Merckx was the greatest cyclist of all time, Armstrong has a very strong case for being #2, and that's amazing considering that his advanced cancer would have killed a lessor man.


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    Paul Newman. Good driver ... admirable benefactor and human being.


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    Ayrton Senna. Tremendous dedication to the one thing that mattered the most to him - winning.

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  11. Grainbelt

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    Askel.

    In the face of hot ski bunnies, he stretches that spandex on and falls all over himself in the woods, over and over again.

    Have to admire that level of dedication.
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    This "Stroh's" is for me! :lol3
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  13. Eyes Shut

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    So that there is a least one female athlete (other than the Williams sisters): Jeannie Longo, cyclist.
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  14. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Famous pros come and go. I've seen lots of amateurs do really well for a spell. The athletes that impress me most are the ones who stick to it for a lifetime, and do it because they love it. Go to a local ski/bike/run/whatever race. There will probably be a few folks that have been doing this shit for 50 years or more. All while balancing life/jobs/kids/etc.

    That's fucking cool. I admire that. Those are people I can learn something from.


    (And not all of them are still single. :lol3 )
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  15. OuttaMyWay

    OuttaMyWay I shook his hand!!!!1!!

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    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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  18. Jurgen

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    for not kicking A-Roid in the slats. :lol3
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    The only athlete with multiple medals in Winter and Summer games... that alone is pretty amazing, but she also has her head screwed on right.

    Remember this isn't a multi-millionaire athlete. $10K is real money to her.

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  20. Bimble

    Bimble In giro in moto

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    That is a great point. One of the swimmers in my master's group last year finished the Ironman 70.3 tri in Hawaii at the age of 69. I hope to be doing the same at that age.


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