Posted: 6 August, 2012 by The Grill Team

LISTEN: Lisa Curry On Drugs At The Games

The Grill Team spoke with guest host and Games champion Lisa Curry this morning about drugs at the Games after sharing an irate listener email that claimed "nearly everyone's on steroids [at this year's Games]... let's not pretend it's not happening."

Tags: Lisa Curry, interview, drugs, Olympics, 2012

(Pictured: Liudmyla Blonska of Ukraine, who has been banned from competition for life after testing positive at Beijing. Getty Images)

The Grill Team spoke with guest host and Games champion Lisa Curry this morning about drugs at the Games after sharing an irate listener email that claimed "nearly everyone's on steroids [at this year's Games]... let's not pretend it's not happening."

"I think that's a bit rough, that's not true," Curry told the Grill Team's Matty Johns.

LISTEN: Lisa Curry On Drugs At The Games

(Can't play audio above? Download the MP3 here)

"There are obviously people on steroids at the Olympic Games. The pharmaceutical companies are way ahead of the testing," Curry said.

"What they do now is they will keep a sample for eight years, so if there's new testing that comes out they can still go back and test that person.

"There are people who might be a little bit suspicious, but in time they will be found out," she explained.

If you have ten guys at the Olympic final for the 100 metre sprint, how many would you (hazard a guess) would be taking some form of performance-enhancing drug?" Johns asked.

"Ten," Curry responded.

"No way," an incredulous Mark Geyer said.

"Look, that's a big call, I don't know... that was very arrogant of me to say that. But, if you talk to Raelene Boyle, she would have said the same thing," Curry said.

"In the sprinting, it's really interesting. Because when you see people coming out of the blocks, sprinting is a sport of deceleration. So, the longer you go, the more you start to decelerate, because you tire," she explained.

"But you see the big guns, they come out, and at 60 metres, they just take off like a rocket. It's a little bit unusual, I don't know," Curry mused.

"Everyone's innocent until they're proven guilty, but you talk to Raelene Boyle and she would say you can't make the final unless you're on something," Curry said.

"Years ago I did a story with 60 Minutes where I actually went over and we did a story with one of the East German swimmers that beat me in Moscow.

"We sat there with [Christiane Knacke] and I went through her log book, and she was convinced she did anything wrong. This was before it all went through the courts, and before she knew what she was taking," Curry said.

"I looked through her log book, and she was training three or four times, a day. When I go and train 6km in the pool, I know how tired I am, if you do it at maximum quality," Curry said.

"Were you intimidated in Moscow?" Triple M's Matty Johns asked.

"Absolutely. When we were in the change rooms and they'd walk in, you'd think men walked in. It was different back in those days because they had these physical features, and their voice changes... it's really hard because they weren't people, they were machines," Curry said.

What do you think?

Tags: Lisa Curry, interview, drugs, Olympics, 2012

Post a comment

* Indicates required field

(this will be the name displayed on the site)
 

Related Content

To Read Next