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LIVE CHAT REPLAY: Can sports performance products make us better?

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Replay our live chat discussing the topic of sports performance products and if they actually work. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Can a sports drink ... a protein bar ... a pair of running shoes help get you into better shape?

This Friday -- on the eve of the Winter Olympics -- CBC's Marketplace is taking a look at sports products and asking: can they actually make us perform better?

To find out, Marketplace teamed up with Olympians Clara Hughes and Simon Whitfield to perform their own trials. They also spoke with doctors and trainers about the massive sports performance product industry.

This week on CBC Live Online, we're asking you to weigh in on the subject.

Is there a special drink you've purchased that delivered on its promise to improve your performance -- or conversely, one that didn't?

Replay our live chat with special guests:

  • Tom Harrington: co-host of Marketplace, Canada's consumer watchdog investigative program and former sports correspondent for CBC News, reporting for The National. Tom was a member of the CBC Sports broadcast crew at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nagano and Sydney, as well as the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games.

  • Dr. Greg Wells: Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who inspires better living through better nutrition and better fitness. As a coach, scientist and physiologist, Dr. Wells has amassed more than 20 years of world-class experience with the extremes of human health and performance.

To join the chat, simply:

  • Click on "Sign In" inside the Spreecast window.

  • You will be prompted to connect with Facebook, Twitter or an email address. Choose one, sign in and follow the prompts to access the chat.

  • To ask the guest a question, click on the "Camera" button. One of our producers will send you a private message before bringing you up live.

  • To ask a text-based question, click "Submit Question," and type it in, or expand the window and join the live chat in the right-hand box.

** Your connection will work best if you have a strong Wi-Fi connection or a direct broadband connection. You'll also need the latest version of Flash installed, a well-lit room and a set of headphones.

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