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A case for blood doping
I thought this made a plausible cross-over from ski racing to bicycle racing.
Bode Miller (US Ski Team racer) offers an opinion of performance enhancing drugs.
From Ski Racing Magazine: (http://www.skiracing.com/news/news_...php/2582/ALPINE
...Miller offered a unique argument for legalizing the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I’m surprised it’s illegal,” Miller said, “because in our sport, it would be pretty minimal health risks, and it would actually make it safer for the athletes, because you’d have less chance of making a mistake at the bottom and killing yourself.”
That burn you feel in your legs at the bottom of a course? That indicates anaerobic oxygen depletion of your blood. Miller reasons your brain is similarly effected.
Endurance-boosting drugs such as erythropoietin, which is very much banned in Olympic sports, would help keep oxygen flowing to the brain, allowing skiers to make safer decisions, Miller said.
“You have to make four or five decisions every second in skiing, every turn,” said the overall World Cup champion. “[These are] conscious decisions, plus there’s another hundred that are instinct. And when your brain starts to slow down, as if you’re holding your breath for two minutes, it makes it damn hard to make those decisions.”