Not much has been said about swimming, but with the FINA World Championships wrapping up tomorrow, I figured it might be a good time to start a new thread here in The Clinic. One competitor that stood out (there were several, actually, but this particular one is a freak) was Katie Ledecky. She is only 18 and has already owned freestyle swimming for the last 3 or 4 years. As a 15 year old, she won the Olympic 800m, then won 4 golds at the 2013 Worlds and one upped herself with 5 golds this past fortnight. Around 6 feet tall, and winning at a young age. Nothing strange to see a swimmer, specifically a female swimmer, winning early and being a physical force. American swimming has been a force since the early days of Olympic swimming, but is this a truly remarkable human being or a remarkable human being that is boosted by PEDs? Missy Franklin is another that comest to mind. Not to point fingers at American swimming, but swimming in this country far outdoes anything any other country has done. This includes East Germany, united Germany, USSR (Russian athletes, mostly), modern Russia, Australia, France, and China (although looking at Chinese results in recent years suggests they are rapidly improving). Is it fair to think there is a doping culture in US Swimming or is just another case where a lot of top names from various countries are juicing and drug testing takes a back seat?