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The Inside Track: Carl Lewis talks track, steroids and Ben Johnson

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It's barely four months since Ben Johnson's stunning fall from Olympic gold glory at the Summer Olympics in Seoul. The Dubin Inquiry opens this week to probe the problem of performance-enhancing drugs in amateur sport in Canada. The Inside Track catches up with superstar U.S. sprinter Carl Lewis to talk about drugs, ethics and Ben Johnson. Also in this week's episode, Dr. Duncan McDougal explains some of the jargon and mechanics of anabolic steroids expected to come up in testimony before the inquiry.
• Ben Johnson's archrival Carl Lewis of the United States was awarded the gold medal in the 100-metre sprint at the 1988 Olympic Games after Ben Johnson was disqualified. It is one of nine Olympic gold medals Lewis won during his decade-long career as a sprinter and long-jumper. Lewis is widely considered one the greatest track and field stars in U.S. history. In 1984 he matched legendary U.S. track star Jesse Owens's feat of winning four gold medals at one Olympic Games. • Johnson won (and kept) two other Olympic medals during his career, both bronze, at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Carl Lewis won the gold in both of those races. Although Johnson beat Lewis several times between 1985 and 1987, his world record and World Championship win in Rome in 1987 were stripped two years later when Johnson admitted under oath at the Dubin Inquiry that he'd taken performance enhancing drugs.

• The Dubin Inquiry opened the week this episode of The Inside Track aired. It was established by the federal government in the wake of Ben Johnson's positive steroid test at the 1988 Olympic Games. Conducted by Ontario Appeal Court Chief Justice Charles Dubin, the Commission of Inquiry Into the Use of Drugs and Banned Practices Intended to Increase Athletic Performance heard 91 days of testimony from 122 witnesses, including athletes, coaches, doctors, government officials and International Olympic Committee representatives.

• The report of the Dubin Inquiry, released in June 1990, resulted in a much strengthened drug-testing program in Canada, including the creation of the independent non-profit Canadian Anti-Doping Organization in 1991.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Inside Track
Broadcast Date: Jan. 14, 1989
Guest(s): Charles Dubin, Carl Lewis, Dr. Duncan McDougall
Host: Mark Lee
Duration: 22:31

Last updated: March 21, 2012

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