[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]
“My friends in the gym just couldn’t believe how much my arms seem to grow so I began to really focus on getting bigger,” Ismail remembers about his humble beginnings as a bodybuilder. Now this real-life Popeye lifts up to 500 kilograms and has set a new world record for largest biceps. To keep his arms growing, the young Egyptian consumes 3lbs of chicken, 1lb of steak or fish and three protein shakes per day, plus about liters of water. But, he notes that genetics also play an important role – his father, a former wrestler, also had impressive muscle mass.
Crosland explains that while the substances aren't physically addictive, "psychologically, they can be difficult to walk away from". He blames a lazy social attitude for the boom among young men. "Everybody wants a magic pill. People don’t want to work hard, they want to take something that will fulfil their dreams. Steroids will give the results that are wanted if all other fitness considerations are in place, but the problem with this group is that everything else isn’t in place. The onus is on the drug use, not the training or the diet."