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    Default Isn't it amazing how tiny East Germany used to whip American butt at Olympics?

    Medal count
    Main article: 1988 Summer Olympics medal count
    These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:

    Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
    1 Soviet Union 55 31 46 132
    2 East Germany 37 35 30 102
    3 United States 36 31 27 94
    4 South Korea 12 10 11 33
    5 West Germany 11 14 15 40
    6 Hungary 11 6 6 23
    7 Bulgaria 10 12 13 35
    8 Romania 7 11 6 24
    9 France 6 4 6 16
    10 Italy 6 4 4 14

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    Default Re: Isn't it amazing how tiny East Germany used to whip American butt at Olympics?

    So what?

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    Not so amazing when you think about it:
    "For a small country, the people of East Germany achieved some remarkable results in many sports including cycling, weightlifting, swimming, track and field, boxing, skating and other winter sports. One reason for the success was started with late 1960s leadership of Dr. Manfred Hoeppner, when his policy of anabolic steroid administration to many athletes was established. This program allowed East Germany, with its small population, to become a world leader in the following two decades, winning a large number of Olympic and world gold medals and records. This success continued even after the international steroid testing policy was established. (See Doping (sport))."

    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Germany#Sports
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    Default Re: Isn't it amazing how tiny East Germany used to whip American butt at Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    Not so amazing when you think about it:
    "For a small country, the people of East Germany achieved some remarkable results in many sports including cycling, weightlifting, swimming, track and field, boxing, skating and other winter sports. One reason for the success was started with late 1960s leadership of Dr. Manfred Hoeppner, when his policy of anabolic steroid administration to many athletes was established. This program allowed East Germany, with its small population, to become a world leader in the following two decades, winning a large number of Olympic and world gold medals and records. This success continued even after the international steroid testing policy was established. (See Doping (sport))."

    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Germany#Sports
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    Default Re: Isn't it amazing how tiny East Germany used to whip American butt at Olympics?

    The key here is they used to. They also devoted a lot of money and started training the kids at young ages in specialized sports. America had not one anything like that.

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    Default Re: Isn't it amazing how tiny East Germany used to whip American butt at Olympics?

    The key here is they used to. They also devoted a lot of money and started training the kids at young ages in specialized sports. America had not one anything like that.

    That and they were by far the best at chemistry.... from using the correct steroids for the sport..... to being the best at beating the tests of the time. Those same coaches ended up going all over the place. China used them for a while but they lost their "masking" edge (probably because they didn't have all that state money and lab facilities), and China sports paid the price for a awhile.
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    Default Re: Isn't it amazing how tiny East Germany used to whip American butt at Olympics?

    FWIW, even back then the various comics used to do jokes about the drugs the East Germans (especially the women) took. And this was 'way' before it was figured out that almost everybody is doing it (especially in the big bucks sports) to one extent or another.
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    They couldn't beat Soviet Union though.

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    They couldn't beat Soviet Union though.

    They were outnumbered.

    250,000,000 people in that system and they EG would have out medaled everybody combined. Especially in 72 and 76 when they had the best drugs and there were no tests.

    Nasty stuff all of the drug thing. Flo-Jo probably will hold the womens sprinting records forever.... but she was doing an incredible amount of growth hormone and maskable steroids. She died in her 30's as a result (what killed her has killed a LOT of bodybuilders). Was it worth it? I think at the time they were doing it, if you asked those athletes if they would give up 20-30 years of their lives to achieve what they were training for, almost all of them would say yes. Of course they change their minds when the reality hits..... but it is too late then.

    I am familiar with the mindset. I suspect if I had bodybuilding genetics, I'd be almost dead now. Back then powerlifting (for the lighter guys) and wrestling didn't lend itself for the steroids of the era (the chemistry is better now so they have drug enhancements for all sports), so the sports I was more genetically suited for didn't have the incentive to juice.
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