- Sep 29, 2012
Bob Goldman did some "research" back in the day. It's interesting reading the reason behind his research, given the recent discussion.
Interesting, to me, to learn he did his "research" because he did not believe the earlier research conducted by Mirkin.The story has been told and retold, so many times and in
so many versions that it has acquired the aura of an urban
legend. In his book Death in the Locker Room II: Drugs
and Sports, Bob Goldman attributes the original concept
to fellow physician-author Gabe Mirkin.
According to Goldman, in the early 1980s Mirkin offered this Faustian
bargain to over 100 elite runners: “If I could give you a pill
that would make you an Olympic champion—and also kill
you in a year—would you take it?” More than half of those
questioned responded in the affirmative.
Incredulous and suspicious that the responses might reflect a
mania unique to runners, Goldman made a similar proposal to high-level
competitors from a variety of sports. In Goldman’s adapta-
tion of the scheme, the athlete would enjoy 5 years of lim-
itless success before death would supervene. His canvass of
198 world-class athletes uncovered 102 who said they
would gladly accept his offer.