Craigee wrote: sniper wrote:
@craigee: Enough rewards in track cycling through sponsoring and lucrative post-carreer gigs if you land a medal and/or become friendly with the people in power at BC.
Look at Hayles, Hoy, etc. Doping pays, also in track.
I guess so with British cycling but not so career boosting for track riders in many other countries.
Unfortunately it is not so simple.
Amateurs dope, and a lot of them at that. The reasons have more to do with self esteem and achievement that financial rewards.
To get to the top in any sport takes a huge internal belief and a dedication to something that is inconceivable to most people.
The idea that you would do so much and then throw it all away because of a small improvement or a small change to get up to the rest of the field as you try to make it from the good group to the Olympic group.
These people have already justified so many sacrifices and friends and relatives to get to where they are. It is really no small amount of extra justification to go over the line to doping.
Especially when "Everyone is doing it" and you know many are making huge living out of it that you will never compete with unless you do.
So it is not all about the money there are many other factors at play in the psychology of a top athlete.
Some to do with self esteem
some to do with trying to rationalise all the sacrifice that has gone before.
some to do with money.