January 11, 2006

U.S. Hopes for Skeleton Gold Recede: Human bullet Zach Lund, the No. 1 ranked men's skeleton competitor in the world, has been suspended for taking the anti-baldness drug Propecia, which is a banned substance that can be taken to mask steroids.

posted by rcade to other at 08:15 AM - 13 comments

"I know Zach Lund, and I know Zach Lund is not a cheat." - apart from that stuff he's taking that's on the banned substances list. He's either very clever and way ahead of the game with his steroid masking techniques or he's a vain fool without the sense to go bald gracefully. Either way, taking a substance on the banned list, whether you do so to cheat or by accident (Shane Warne, Alain Baxter... allegedly), is just about stupid enough to get you banned. It's a relatively short list and this is your job. Love the headline, rcade.

posted by JJ at 09:28 AM on January 11

I think that is hysterical. I hope WADA has some other drugs to prevent baldness that are not on the banned list. Or else, what's a man to do?

posted by bperk at 09:44 AM on January 11

Or else, what's a man to do? Shave your head and look mean.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:45 AM on January 11

The folks at Propecia really need to add this to the list of harmful side effects of the drug. "May cause you to lose your chance for an Olympic Medal" Also is it coincidence that two of the ads on the right are for baldness cures? Or can they see my head?

posted by ormistoncoyote at 09:48 AM on January 11

Great headline again, rcade ... really, you should look into writing as a career, you know? As for Lund, someone should have clued him in that if he's worried about not getting action because of the chrome dome, a gold medal will more than offset that.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:05 AM on January 11

Apart from anything else, the dude's ginger. Balding or not, he should shave it.

posted by JJ at 10:11 AM on January 11

Human bullet, huh? Not if Propecia can help it.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:36 AM on January 11

BTW...rcade, you faker, are you gonna take skeleton for the Torino 2006 Column Writing Initiative? Sure looks to me like you've volunteered...can I get a witness?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:33 PM on January 11


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posted by JJ at 12:42 PM on January 11

The "ayes" have it! Next order of business?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:01 PM on January 11

The Bible preaches against vanity, now we know why. However, it sucks for the U.S. However, at least he is going bald. I was expecting to see a guy with a full head of hair when I read the headline.

posted by mcstan13 at 09:34 PM on January 11

Does steroids actually help in Skeleton? I know you need power for the start, but isn't the rest more about fine motor skills, fast reaction times, and smooth lines down the course?

posted by gyc at 12:35 AM on January 12

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