Although only five athletes were disqualified this time, sadly doping is still going on at the games, but the methods – and ways of catching the cheats – are becoming more complicated, including microdosing techniques and possibly elaborate genetic and growth factor approaches in the future.
So congratulations to Beijing for hosting a successful games and to the athletes for for showing us what the human body is truly capable of.
See you in 2012 – I’ll be at the velodrome!
- The good people at the Guardian have helpfully answered a whole selection of obscure Olympics-related questions, including whether champion cyclist Chris Hoy has difficulties finding trousers to accommodate his mighty thighs…
- If you’re interested in forces and mechanics, well, you’re probably reading the wrong blog, but you could do worse than have a look at Olympic Science 101: Physics and Physiology behind the Games