Blown Olympic Dreams
Eric Thompson was a high-jump prodigy with an Olympic future well within his reach, until one failed drug test locked him in a battle with doping authorities that ultimately changed his life.
Drug testing in sports did not begin with the intent of creating a level playing field. Instead, early proponents believed sports doping was a "dangerous form of moral deception."
Very few school districts have an anti-doping testing program. As a result, high school athletes and coaches who compete at national tournaments and meets where testing occurs are sometimes unfamiliar with the process.