For discussion purposes only

Under no circumstances am I making an accusation here.  This post is only for those who think cycling is the only sport whose athletes take performance enhancing drugs.  If you believe in conspiracy theories, then this is your post.  If you think Dick Pound is trying to bully cycling because other sports have more powerful “friends” who make a fortune off athletic performances through TV contracts and endorsements, welcome.

In watching the Australian Open, one thing keeps coming to mind.  Wow, these athletes are in great shape!  I remember when Chris Evert was Queen of the tennis court.

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Now, she probably would not make it out of the early rounds.  Today’s athletes have progressed by leaps and bounds.  Don’t you think?

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The only thing I will say to the detractors of cycling, is your house made of glass?

7 Responses to For discussion purposes only

  1. NJ says:

    Don’t agree. Chris started at the top level of her era in 1971. When Martina changed the nature of the game by lifting weight and getting fitter and faster, Evert didn’t sit on our laurels and retire. Nope, she took herself to the gym and because stronger and faster also.

    If Chris were playing today, she would do what she had to do (just as she did against all of the greats that she played — Court, King, Navratilova, she even gave tried to challenge Graf in the second set of the AO in 1988) to lift her game and her body.

    Also, every athlete has gotten better in every sport in ever era! The swimmers and runners and jumpers and football players are faster and stronger and fitter than ever before. Many things contribute to this.

    Increased knowledge and medical science for one. Also, Billie Jean once said that the great players want to raise to the level of their hero/mentor, and then surpass them! That’s what the different generations have done and will continue to do.

    If Chris were of this generation, she would follow suite. Even though she wasn’t gifted with the physical gifts of Serena, she had the supreme mental deterination and pride that would make her compete to the hightest level.

  2. pelotonjim says:

    I agree with you NJ. I was using quite a bit of sarcasm to raise the question that improvements in sports are due to the factors described above. I also think there are those who would take short cuts to get to the top. Those who would take short cuts are not confined to cycling.

    Thanks for stopping by. Come again!

  3. Florian says:

    Hi,
    I found your blog via google by accident and have to admit that youve a really interesting blog :-)
    Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day :)

  4. pelotonjim says:

    Thanks. I appreciate the comments

    Jim

  5. Anyone who ever saw Chris Evert play — or who played against her— would strongly disagree with your observation. She was a fierce competitor, who won
    18 grand slam titles against the best players of her era. She didn’t wilt when the going got tough, she became more determined. That same determination would serve her well in this era, where she would surely be among the top players.

    • pelotonjim says:

      The observation was not if Chris could play but an inference in the size of today’s women players and a question if this is all through healthy living.

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