Claire Squires died last year at the London Marathon after they found this:
in her water bottle. There was also a report on an African runner, Ludwick Mamabolo, who tested positive for an illegal substance in his body when he ran at the Comrades Marathon.
The substance found in both Squires and Mamabolo was DMAA, which gives you a lot of energy and a "high" similar to running. DMAA has been banned by the Anti-Doping Agency.
It's difficult for me to grasp why an elite athlete would succumb to taking illegal substances to enhance their performance. For me, my journey through weight loss and learning how to run has served as my "high." Watching myself lose 80 pounds and going from a 14-minute mile pace to a 6.20-minute mile pace has been so fulfilling. The best part is the fact that I can purely attribute those accomplishments to dedication and will power. I don't think I would have felt the same way if I would have taken the easy way out.
So, do you think Lance, Squires and Mamabolo are cheaters or winners (that will do anything to fulfill their goals)?