FRANCIS, Charlie COPLON, Jeff
Title: Speed Trap : Inside the Biggest Scandal in Olympic History.
Publisher:  Lester & Orpen Dennys, Toronto, 1990, ISBN:0886193451
Seller ID: 105879
FRANCIS, Charlie, with Jeff CONLON. Speed Trap : Inside the Biggest Scandalin Olympic History. Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, (1990). Pp. (12), 1-3 06, (2) + (8) p. of plates. 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine. "In Speed Trap, his first public revelations to go beyond his dramatic testimony before the Dublin Inquiry, Charlie Francis presents an insider's account of the world of international track and field. While telling a profoundly human story, Francis shatters the conspiracy of silence maintained by the international sports community surrounding drug use and addresses the central issues arising from the events at the Seoul Olympics. Was his star pupil, Ben Johnson, the exception--or are performance-enhancing drugs commonplace among the world's track stars? Is it possible to beat the world's elite athletes without using anabolic steroids? And what--if anything--can be done to make the sports arena fair, safe and honest? Speed Trap traces the history of performance-enhancing substances from ancient Greece to the present, and explains how steroids came to be entrenched within modern track and field by 1972, when Charlie Francis himself competed in the Munich Olympics. Francis reveals the corruption within the drug-control bureaucracy and the hypocrisy leading to the occasional hunt for scapegoats--like the one that shocked the world by stripping Ben Johnson of his gold medal. The book also provides a window onto the riotous international track circuit and illustrates the clash of egos that makes and sustains the great rivalries--first and foremost the series of high-stakes showdowns between Ben Johnson andCarl Lewis. Charlie Francis has both the knowledge and the freedom to spea k candidly about track and field. Speed Trap is the product of that candour, a book that will surprise Canadians." -- from dust jacket. Very good in dust jacket. 30.00