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As FINA Begins to Address East German Doping Past, the Dark Days of Kristin Otto Linger

As FINA Begins to Address East German Doping Past, the Dark Days of Kristin Otto Linger. With FINA recently announcing that it has stripped East German doctor Lothar Kipke of his lifetime organizational honor, there is hope that the governing body for the sport will continue to press ahead and seek to rightfully honor the athletes who were robbed of medals by the East German systematic-doping program. As that day awaits, we remind readers of the doubt-shrouded performances of Kristin Otto from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
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As FINA Prepares to Investigate Doping Days of GDR, A Look At the Dagger Of Kristin Otto

As FINA Prepares to Investigate Doping Days of GDR, A Look At the Dagger Of Kristin Otto. (From February’s Issue of Swimming World Magazine) The image is iconic in Olympic lore. As he crossed the finish line, index finger pointing to the sky, Canadian Ben Johnson was the most-celebrated athlete on the planet. He had just won the 1988 Olympic title in the 100-meter dash, his winning time of 9.79 almost impossible to grasp. How could a human run that fast? It was a legitimate question, and one asked with significant skepticism.
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Tainted Gold: The Questionable Olympic Greatness of Kristin Otto

Tainted Gold: The Questionable Olympic Greatness of Kristin Otto. (From February’s Issue of Swimming World Magazine) The image is iconic in Olympic lore. As he crossed the finish line, index finger pointing to the sky, Canadian Ben Johnson was the most-celebrated athlete on the planet. He had just won the 1988 Olympic title in the 100-meter dash, his winning time of 9.79 almost impossible to grasp. How could a human run that fast? It was a legitimate question, and one asked with significant skepticism.
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Kristin Otto: A Legendary Olympic Performance Shrouded in Doubt

Kristin Otto: A Legendary Olympic Performance Shrouded in Doubt. (From February’s Issue of Swimming World Magazine) The image is iconic in Olympic lore. As he crossed the finish line, index finger pointing to the sky, Canadian Ben Johnson was the most-celebrated athlete on the planet. He had just won the 1988 Olympic title in the 100-meter dash, his winning time of 9.79 almost impossible to grasp. How could a human run that fast? It was a legitimate question, and one asked with significant skepticism.
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Tarnished Gold: East Germany’s Kristin Otto

East Germany’s Kristin Otto will long be remembered as a highly decorated athlete, and for turning in one of the greatest Olympic outings in history, winning six gold medals at the 1988 Games. But because of the links to her and performance-enhancing drugs, what she accomplished—before and in Seoul—will always be tainted.
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