The recent documentary Icarus took an in-depth look at the recent Russian doping scandal through the lens of a relationship with the mastermind of the doping plan Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. As controversy enveloped his Rodchenkov’s life, director Bryan Fogel was drawn to the center of the storm and we get an inside look at how far athletes go to beat the system. On this week’s episode we take a break from talking about training to discuss the film and the current state of doping and anti-doping.
Notes and Quotes
While we discuss Icarus in depth in this episode, we also use the film as a talking point to discuss the current state of the fight against doping. We discuss the following topics:
- 2:00 – The background of the film and the Russian doping situation.
- 3:00 – The cultural problem behind the doping problem. “If you are in a system where no one has tried to complete clean, then how can you know the limits of clean performance? “
- 5:00 – Additional questions raised by the film that need to be explored.
- 6:30 – Why are focusing only on Russia? “Russia has done a lot wrong, but Icarus makes them out to be the only doping villains. “
- 10:00 – How athletes can stand up to doping.
- 13:00 – Why athletes should not be disheartened. One message that is lost: clean athletes can compete and win.
- 14:30 – How coaches can stand up to doping.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- You can learn more about the film on its official website.
- For our previous coverage of doping, check out Episode 61 of the HMMR Podcast with coach and journalist Pierre-Jean Vazel. We’ve also written extensively about doping in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics. Our top stories include: a reality check on the Russian situation, the failures of the IAAF, presenting Sergej Litvinov’s case as a clean Russian, and an athlete’s perspective on the issue from Jason Young.
- Another film mentioned in this episode: The Armstrong Lie