Watching the Lance Armstrong fallout over the past few months has got me thinking about what could be an even bigger downfall in sport, either domestically or globally?
Obviously, I needed to think about people who have been utterly dominant in a sport.
At first I tried to compare Lance Armstrong to Tiger Woods, as that was a big moment. Yet Tiger didn’t repeatedly cheat, on the golf course at least, and while there was shock, golf went on as it did the day before Tiger crashed his car.
Could you possibly imagine how tennis could move on if it was ever revealed Roger Federer’s success was due to a career fuelled by drugs, or an illegal tennis racquet of sorts? I’m just not sure whether this would eclipse Lance though.
Then I thought about Michael Phelps and, due to the nature of his discipline, it is more likely he would have cheated than Federer (I must stress how remote both these likelihoods are).
Swimming has an equally low profile as cycling in most countries other than Australia and has seen an era of complete dominance, just like Lance ‘dominated’ cycling.
I think Phelps might just edge out Lance simply due to the higher profile swimming has at an Olympic level. Lance may have ‘won’ seven yellow jerseys, but they’re nothing on one gold medal, let alone 18.
Finally, my friend suggested Usain Bolt.
Bolt, perhaps the greatest sprinter the world will ever see. Bolt, the man who basically single-handedly reignited interest in sprinting. Bolt, who set jaw dropping world records.
I would be shattered if it was ever revealed he cheated. Somehow, I don’t think athletics could survive a hit to the chest like that. Not to mention Bolt’s bank accounts.
But you can bet your life there are lawyers just rubbing their hands waiting for another Lance to come along and make them rich!
Who else could top Lance Armstrong in the cheating, defrauding scale? Is there anyone domestically so dominant it would crush the Australian public or just the fan-base of the sport if it was revealed they cheated their whole career?
What do you think Roarers?