Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dara Torres management is so anemic that she had to go defend herself in a rush email to the 'New York Times!'

I feel she is being managed very poorly and I wish I could have written her denial for her.

The denial Dara Torres gave should have been more forceful and challenging to those accusing her via sordid headlines. She should have reiterated that WADA has a virtual blood bank of the blood samples she has given them leading up to the Olympics and that she has no problem having WADA compare her blood samples to the PEDs this MD has prescribed or had on his person when he was apprehended at the border.

That challenge in itself, and the exuded confidence of her denial is how she should have played it. She should have also thrown in that she is NOT sleeping with Tiger Woods simply to illustrate what poor journalism in taking place at her expense.

Also of note, despite that the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) asked WADA to ban the drug she is silently accused of taking and WADA refused is rarely mentioned outside the New York Times. (See the article link below.)

Here is a snippet from the New York Times article:

The Olympic swimmer Dara Torres said she sought out Dr. Galea to help diagnose the cause of continuing pain in her knee earlier this year. “He found a tear in my quad tendon that was undiagnosed,” Torres said in an e-mail message. “Excluding draining my knee, he has never treated me, but I did see his chiropractor who did soft-tissue work on my leg. That was the extent of my visit with him.”

Mr. Bailey, a retired Canadian sprinter, said Dr. Galea helped him in 1999, when he received treatment from him for a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, but did not receive any kind of injections.



Anonymous said...

Dara is really not well served in this case. The media coverage of this is hysterical and slanderous.

Anonymous said...

Have to say that it all looks highly suspicious. It's not just this but things like her body, her age.. I have been thinking that she dopes for a long time.

Personally, I don't give a huge amount of stock to that she gives blood for testing. The likes of Marion Jones never failed a test - the point is that doping athletes can find ways around testing positive. Anyway, more evidence *is* needed.

Tony Austin said...

Damn straight

Tony Austin said...

It's not evidence though, what the doctor says will be.

Scott said...

Perhaps her public relations management team decided the damage control would be more effective coming from her personally (i.e. to create an image of a bullying goliath NYT picking on a forlorn waif who just wants to protect her good name)

By the way I've read a recent poll reports 44% of Americans would now prefer George W. Bush's handling of the Presidency to what they're seeing from Obama. That you can continually 'forget' custom steroids are not detectable with current doping tests, much less not have any qualms about how she is swimming faster than ever at 41 when her body is proving very mortal indeed, seems to confirm humans tend to warp reality to fit the world we want. Especially Americans.

Tony Austin said...

Glad to have to back! You are usually in hibernation this time of year and don't com out till after spring!

Evan Morgenstein said something along the lines of, we have no comment at this time and then Dara directly writes the Times.

What i am perplexed about is that the drug he gives was not on the WADA list, that USADA asked for it to be put on and they would not do it.

Scott said...

The NYT article seems explicit enough - Actovegin does not, of itself, contain anything resembling today's recognized performance enhancing drugs. When you add the fact that there is no evidence Actovegin actually enhances performance (even if athletes are using it because they believe it does) one can see why WADA decided there is no reason for a ban. I would suspect the drug is illegal in Canada and the U.S. only because it has not been FDA certified.

Anonymous said...

i suspect Dara Torres is in this story because it is known she has sought treatment from this doctor who is now under criminal investigation and has used suspect treatments. to leave her out, would bring cries of What about Dara?! i believe she was properly offered an opportunity to explain her relationship and treatment, and now readers can decide whether they believe her, or him. Nothing "hysterical and slanderous" here. Draw your own conclusions.

Tony Austin said...

I blame the management, not the paper. the NYT has provided good coverage.