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January 11, 2016
Women's discus Olympic champion, admits to doping
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch discus thrower Ria Stalman, who retired after winning gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, has admitted using anabolic steroids during the final years of her career. Stalman confessed her doping in an interview with Dutch television program “Andere Tijden Sport” being broadcast Friday night. She told the show that “in the last 2½ years of my career, I took a small daily dose of anabolic steroids.” With a throw of 65.36 meters, Stalman beat American thrower Leslie Deniz at the Los Angeles Games. Stalman said she decided to begin doping after seeing bulky Eastern Bloc throwers exceed the distance she could throw. She said she thought, “‘If you can’t beat them, join them,’ and that’s what I did.” http://espn.go.com/olympics/trackandfield/story/_/id/14530831/ria-stalman-women-discus-olympic-gold-medal-winner-admits-doping-late-career