Speed Trap : Inside the Biggest Scandal in Olympic History

Charlie Franci with Jeff Coplan

Published by Lester & Orpen Dennys, Limited, 1990
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*First Printing (full # line starting with 1), first edition stated. Hardcover in Fine condition, whistle-clean and unmarked inside with a hint of dusting on top page edges. Dust Jacket in Fine- Condition, with a 1/2 inch tear near tail of spine. *Collectible first printing with fine- dj. I clearly remember the 100 meter finals in the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Ben Johnson seemed to explode out of the blocks as if boosted by powerful hidden springs. He immediately opened a sizable gap on the field that he never relinquished. Carl Lewis was second, a good 5 feet behind. He was in line for a repeat gold medal in that event but had to wait a few days when Johnson was stripped of his medal because of steroid use. I had never seen anybody before or since with a such an amazingly fast reaction time to the gun. A very thorough behind-the-scenes story told by Johnson's and the Canadian Olympic team coach Charlie Francis. A fast read of a faster runner that takes off as you open the book!. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Former Canadian track coach Francis presents his account of events leading up to sprinter Ben Johnson's infamous 100-meter run at the 1988 Olympics, on the heels of which came the forfeiture of Johnson's gold medal for failing a drug test. Francis offers few regrets. Instead, he contends his pupil was possibly a victim of foul play (several theories are advanced), though he admits to Johnson's participation in a sophisticated steroids program. He argues that success on the international track circuit is largely dependent on chemical assistance, that the health hazard has been overblown, and that "if mature and informed elite athletes conclude that they must take steroids to survive in their sport, and can do so without jeopardizing their health, they should be able to make that choice freely." Such views are certain to be controversial while at the same time reflective of the direction the sport has taken in recent years. A disturbing, thought-provoking perspective. - William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla .

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Title: Speed Trap : Inside the Biggest Scandal in ...
Publisher: Lester & Orpen Dennys, Limited
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
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