Kristin Otto

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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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