Spirit of Sport

December 2011

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® Teamwork: How has the USADA team helped support athletes? DECEMBER 2011 USADA ATHLETE AMBASSADOR: JEREMIAH BISHOP VOLUME 11 / ISSUE 3 A publication dedicated to providing timely and accurate anti-doping information for those involved and interested in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In This Issue: Habitat for Humanity Build– USADA staff teamed up with HFH to build… Read more on Pg 2 Introducing Athlete Express– Athlete Express is the new, one-stop-shop… Read more on Pg 2 Olympic Education Team– Get the insight about daily operations… Read more on Pg 3 Athletes Advantage– Athletes Advantage Tutorial sets the pace... Read more on Pg 4 Peace of Mind Comes with a Level Playing Field The majority of the mountain bike racing season has concluded, and I was privileged to represent the United States at the Pan American Games. As I placed a USADA out-of-competition testing program negative sample results notice in my file cabinet, I thought of the amazing collabo- ration between athletes, NGBs, coaches and scientists that make the level playing field we are privileged to have. For sure, I wouldn't rank updating my whereabouts as my most enjoyed leisure activity but, hey, it's a lot easier than racing a no-holds-barred, anything-goes race against super dopers. Racing at a global elite level is tough enough already! Against a field of dopers, I can only imagine how tiring and frustrating getting lapped and placing 40th (last) at the Olympic Test Event would have been compared to my actual 4th place result. There'd be no fun – or reward for all my hard work and training – in that type of compe- tition. It is a relaxing feeling to train right, eat right, and check my medications using Global DRO and have no manila file folder for a possible positive test! Having just a folder for negatives shows my confidence in a system that works and rewards athletes who train hard and contribute to their sport. Peace of mind, as they say, is priceless. USADA makes it easier than ever before with text updates and reminder emails, like the one I got a few weeks ago when my insane fall racing and traveling schedule had me cutting it close to the submission deadline for my where- abouts. More resources are now available to help athletes stay up-to-date like the video version of the athlete tutori- als and smart phone access. At the bottom of every sample results letter it says "we ap- preciate your cooperation and support of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's efforts to ensure a drug-free playing field for all athletes." I think it could also say, "your fellow athletes appreciate your contribution in doing it the right way." The little effort makes a big difference. Collaboration and working toward common goals are the keys to the TEAM effort between USA athletes and USADA. These partnerships have become a global benchmark in the fight against doping. I compete with confidence that the system in place ensures fair and just competition for me and for other athletes. WADA Prohibited List– The new 2012 Prohibited List is now available… Read more on Pg 5 Test Assignments– How does a test get created and carried out? Read more on Pg 6 Meet the newest additions to the USADA staff– Read about five new additions to the USADA team… Read more on Pg 7 Paralympics Place What's it like to Compete as a Blind Track and Field Athlete?… Read more on Pg 8 WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Tell us what you think about the Spirit of Sport Newsletter. Go to www.usada.org/survey or click HERE to provide feed- back about this publication. Page 1 Jeremiah Bishop is a USADA Athlete Ambassador who placed third at the XVI Pan American Games in the Men' s Cross Countr y Mountain Bike.

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