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It's Hard Being Olympian

Interesting take by American skeleton racer Zach Lund, recently, when he recently told me Olympic officials "think we are all cheaters."

He went on to say there is a "very small percentage of (Olympic) athletes who cheat. A lot of us work very hard to get what they want, to get where they are."

I said the percentage of cheaters must be higher in the pros, to which he said, "Yeah, that's why pro sports won't allow it (control like the IOC has). You think they could tell A-Rod what to do every hour of every day and give up his rights like Olympic athletes do? No way."

Lund went on to say, "To be an Olympic athlete, you have to do what they tell you to do; they tell you to jump, you jump. It's hard."

He went on to say that fighting the Olympic rules is fruitless, because it takes too much time when an athlete has a job and a heavy training schedule, too.

Lund was banned from the 2006 Olympics because Propecia, a product he was taking for hair loss, contained a banned substance. Eventually, finasteride, was removed from the list of banned substances.

"I've moved on. I've forgiven them. I realized it's a broken system," he said. "That's one thing that's good, too, is what I've gone through is it's given me a voice that people actually listen to now and I'm trying to do my part in helping change the system. I believe in anti-doping, I believe it's a good thing, but system is broken right now, and I feel if like if my story can help keep what happened to me from happening to another athlete, in future, if i can do that, it would be amazing. They've already made changes because of me."