Shame Of the Games

Ben Johnson is stripped of his gold in the Olympics' worst drug scandal

The ugliest story of the 22nd Olympics began in a bathroom in the basement of Seoul's track-and-field stadium. There, on Sept. 24, a smallish man with a fabulously muscled body and rage-filled eyes had to perform the indignity of champions. A master of explosive, almost inexplicable starts, he had already propelled his body down the 100-meter track faster than anyone before. Now his legs had ceased churning, he had relinquished the flag of his adopted Canada, which he had waved around the stadium, and the applause for the seemingly guileless sprinter who had dethroned the all-too-sleek Carl Lewis had died. Only...

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