martin morrissey Posted 6 months ago David Epstein: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? This is a great presentation and I would like to hear more from him as there are some tantalising leads that can be elaborated on, performance enhancing drugs being one of them. There was a fascinating doco I saw on EPO testing in the 2000 Sydney Olympics where a French urine test and an Australian blood test were found to be almost 100% effective but were not implemented in a way that was likely to catch the celebrity athletes. This ineffectual testing protocol bewildered the scientists who were questioned about it. These same scientists were equally surprised by the hot and cold attitudes of the IOC officials in Lucerne when they presented their EPO test. I think there is a great deal of corruption in elite sport that is obviously driven by money. Sport is very political too, just watch those preening politicians trying to share the dias with sporting champions. Perhaps the biggest driver of this is the pursuit of records, it is a given that there will always be a winner but can you imagine an Olympics where no records were broken? it would be considered by many to be an embarrassing failure. I find it really curious how we really care about fairness and honesty in sport but are so tolerant of dishonesty and cheating in politics and business, despite the fact that elite sport doesn't really have any impact on how we live and politics and business have enormous consequences for us. What does this say about us?