Last summer, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay was poised to take the crown from Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. But after Gay failed a drug test, it seemed like yet another sob story of a promising athlete’s fall from grace.
ProPublica’s David Epstein explains in his latest report that Gay was likely done in by an obscure cream given to him by his anti-aging specialist, Clayton Gibson III. It clearly listed testosterone and DHEA among other ingredients which are banned in Olympic sports – demonstrating how unconventional health practitioners are often unfamiliar with the intricacies of drug exams. “I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies … I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down,” Gay said.
Epstein joins the podcast this week to discuss how Gay’s case provides a view of the “slipshod medical underworld of top-level sport”; how the hormone replacement industry has grown tremendously across all sectors, not just among athletes; and how the long-term effects of these supplements, creams and potions still remain a mystery: “The test subjects are the people using it right now,” Epstein says.