David Epstein covered science, medicine, sports, and frequently all three of those in the same project. (When a woman with muscular dystrophy and an Olympic medalist sprinter have the same mutant gene, heâs there.) Prior to joining ProPublica, Epstein was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the 2009 report that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. He has also written about drugs-but-not-sports, detailing the DEA's complicated pursuit of Chapo Guzman's rivals. His science writing has won a number of awards, and he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sports Gene. David was a crime reporter at the New York Daily News, and the first reporter at Inside Higher Ed. He has masterâs degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, and has lived in the Sonoran desert, on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, and in the Arctic.
Following an investigation by ProPublica and the BBC, other athletes describe pressure to get prescription drugs they didn’t need and Salazar’s top runner flies to Oregon to get answers.
Some top runners and others who've worked with Salazar allege that he experimented with testosterone and pressured athletes to use prescription medications they didn't need to gain a performance benefit.
An arbitration panel handed prominent track coach Jon Drummond a lengthy ban after deciding he transported prohibited substances and encouraged top sprinter Tyson Gay to use them.
Research has found that kids who play a variety of sports before settling on one achieve higher levels of success and suffer fewer serious injuries.
Jon Drummond, saying he is facing a lifetime ban, is suing Gay and the head of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for defamation.
Anti-doping investigators say they would rather trade leniency for information on coaches and other athletes involved in doping
The web of dubious connections, suspect medicine and outsize risks behind America’s top sprinter’s failed drug test and ruined reputation.
Why are Americans – and animals – getting fatter? It isn’t just because of eating more and exercising less.