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Ben Johnson gets his life back together

In 1976, Benjamin Sinclair Johnson was just a skinny immigrant kid struggling to make his high school track team. A decade later, he was a destroyer of world records, the "world's fastest man." Then it all came crashing down. His positive steroid test at the 1988 Seoul Olympics made headlines around the world, forever changing perceptions of Canadian athletes, the sport of track and field, and Ben Johnson.

Ben Johnson's been back on the track for a year, and is making some big changes.
Medium: Radio
Program: The Inside Track
Guest(s): Ben Johnson
Broadcast Date: Jan. 11, 1992
Interviewer: Mark Lee
Duration: 6:45

Last updated: January 18, 2013

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