In 1998 Smith failed a drugs test when some urine was found in her whiskey sample. The shame of it. The sad reality dawned on us that all those gold medals in '96 were probably won from Smith injecting herself with Miracle Grow. For a while, some of us kept on believing. Part of RTE's coverage of the '96 Games, included the commentary of Dr. Gary O'Toole, a doctor who previously competed for Ireland in swimming. He had predicted every one of Smith's victories (and even her final bronze medal), and he said nothing to concern us over her sudden rise to Olympic champion. It later turned out that, and I was quite shocked by this, Gary O'Toole was ordered by RTÉ, Ireland's state-run broadcaster, to shut his mouth and not mention his concerns:
"The directive came down that nobody was to discuss drugs and Michelle Smith on national television" source: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20000814&slug=4036702Michele Smith's Olympic victories stand, as she never tested positive for banned substances during the 'Games. Whatever really went on with drug-taking, it's hard to forget the vitriol shown by the loser-Americans of 1996. "She broke the rules" a bitter, twisted-faced, Janet Evans whined. As we all know: if you beat the Americans at something, they will come after you until they find a way to destroy you. That case of "sample tampering" of 1998 still seems suspicious; a tad convenient; like they couldn't catch her with the drugs, so they spiced up the samples themselves. Everyone cheats in the end.
Show me the athlete, and I'll find you the substance.*Partial content originally published: August, 2012
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