To repeat, John Leonard, with his rhetorical accusations of Chinese doping has gravely crushed any belief now that swimmers are capable of jaw-dropping performances. Ye Shiwen is CLEAN! - So is Katy Ledecky but now both have had their wonderful swims questioned and degraded.
These are 15-and-16-year-old girls who are under a "viral attack" and despite the governing bodies trying to "inoculate" the masses with a "truth vaccine" the damage continues.
Earlier this week, an American coach, not involved with the team or U.S. Swimming, [read as John Leonard], accused China’s Ye Shiwen of doping when she won the 400 individual medley gold medal, saying her rapid improve, which was less dramatic than Ledecky’s, was a sign she cheated.
Ye denied any wrongdoing and swimming’s world governing body [FINA] backed her, saying she passed all her drug tests. The Chinese said their accusers were racist and would never point the finger at their own. [Read as Katy Ledecky or Michael Phelps]
Then along came Ledecky. Within moments of her win, Ledecky’s Wikipedia entry had been vandalised. At her post-race conference, the inevitable inquisition began. “It’s totally false,” she replied when asked if she had doped. “I just put in a lot of hard work, this last year and that’s all that it’s been. It’s that simple.”
One would think that John Leonard would apologize or recant these insults after what all his words have wrought. Instead, he is standing behind his rhetorical allegations which is not making it any easier for this sport to look as honest as it is.
Above is a photo of a 13-year-old Dara Torres. Hopefully, Ye Shiwen, and, Katy Ledecky, have a swimming career that is just as long and equally as successful.