Whatever happened to playing fair? When did people give into the temptation of cheating? Is the competition that tough?
Steroids in the past have been given the face of a big muscle man but not in this case. Marion Jones, a three-time gold medal and two-time bronze Olympian runner, admitted to using steroids before the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Professional female athletes have always been idolized by high school female athletes. As an athlete myself, I agree. This is because all college and professional female athletes seem to be good-hearted players. They are just as competitive as men, without the cocky attitude.
Men have always had the idea that women are too ditzy and too worried that they would break a nail to play down and dirty in a sport. Maybe that’s what drove a Marion Jones to take steroids.
It’s very disappointing that a female would do this. I would want my performance to prove to people that women are just as strong and talented as any men. Taking steroids just eliminated that entirely. It’s not playing fair.
As a female athlete, I would be embarrassed if I was the one who used steroids. It’s like having the referees on your side during a lacrosse game; it’s simply cheating.
I don’t know why Marion Jones would take that road. Isn’t it better to just run your heart out than enhance your performance with drugs? If I were to win that way I would feel like it was too easy and unfair. However, when you win on your own, you have this feeling that you’re on top of the world and no one can touch you.
It’s a shame such a talented athlete had to ruin her reputation, especially in such a way that only a man would have.
Katie Kilian is an 11th-grader at Schenectady High School.