Doping In The Olympics

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Doping scandals have been around the sports industry for quite a while now. During the ancient Greek Olympic Games athletes would take special potions and drinks to help them achieve greater heights (Aschwanden). This is just one form of doping that dates back in time. Others forms, according to an article Christie Aschwanden wrote for Color Photographs, during the 1904 Olympic Games, athletes, "downed potent mixtures of cocaine, heroin and strychnine" (Aschwanden). The use of these illegal drugs would be considered cheating in today 's society, but Aschwanden states that for most of the Olympic Games this was not considered a form of cheating. Until an unlikely event occurred during the 1960 Olympic Games, Knut Jensen, a Danish cyclist, fainted
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