Sport: The Big Caracas Drug Bust

A tough chemical test disqualifies 14 athletes

Jeff Michels, 21, is unquestionably America's finest amateur weightlifter, but he will not be competing in next year's Olympics. Last week the Chicago athlete had to give back three gold medals he won at the Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, after the biggest drug bust in the history of international amateur sporting competition. In all, nine medalists and five additional athletes from the U.S., Canada, Cuba and other nations were disqualified because tests showed that they used anabolic steroid drugs or ephedrine stimulants, which are banned by the International Olympic Committee. After the test...

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