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We can wax on about Hank Aaron, Ben Johnson, FloJo and a myriad of others. It would be nigh-on impossible to determine which numbers in the past are those of "cheaters", and which numbers represent those physical specimens who really are extraordinary. Today, the average sports fan (I think) wants to see the big power hitter, the mountain-climbing, bike-riding machine, the lightning fast sprinter. We all know sport has transcended from human activity to entertainment. Forensic analysis, at this stage, would have to assume that athletes prior to, say, Mexico 1968, were clean. So, the Paavo Nurmi's of the world are safe. Everyone - and I mean everyone - after that date are suspect. Hank Aaron, Dorothy Hamill, Secretariat - everyone. And if we found out "the truth", would we care?
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2006 on Forensic analysis redux at gladwell.com