Essay about The Use of Steroids in Sports

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The Use of Steroids in Sports

Before the 1990's, athletes were unique. They were able to capitalize on their

God-given talents, and make themselves famous based on their skill. But then something

happened. Steroids began to play a bigger and bigger role in sports. No longer were the

most naturally gifted athletes becoming the stars. Now, it can be said that whoever has

the best pharmacist can be the best athlete. As the amount of performance enhancing

steroids increases in professional sports, many athletes are gaining an unfair advantage

over their competition.

Athletes take steroids to gain an advantage. Steroids are used by athletes in

baseball, football, and in Olympic events in hopes of finding the edge to
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In the history of Major League Baseball, there have been a total of

thirty-six fifty home run seasons. Only eighteen times had someone hit fifty home runs

in the first one hundred years of baseball. In the last seven years, the same number of

players have hit fifty home runs, with the all-time record of home runs in a season

increasing by 12. "When you add in steroids and strength training, you're seeing records

not being broken, but completely shattered," acknowledged Schilling.

More and more world class athletes are being acknowledged for their ingestion of

steroids. Ben Johnson, in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, set a world record in the

100 meters, running it in 9.79 seconds. Johnson was the fastest man of all time for just a

couple days, when his medal and time was revoked when he tested positive for steroids.

Another track star, C.J. Hunter, tried to gain an advantage over his competition. Prior to

2000, Hunter was the top shot putter in the United States. Right before the Olympics, he

tested positive of steroids and was banned from all competitions for two years. Last year

in the NFL, Rookie of the Year contender, Julius Peppers's season was abruptly halted

after he tested positive for steroids. Jose Conseco made history when he became the first

man to hit forty home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season. After his

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