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Dutch 1984 Olympic gold winner Ria Stalman admits doping




Dutch 1984 Olympic gold medallist Ria Stalman admitted of taking anabolic steroids to enhance her performance, 31 years after triumphing at the Los Angeles Games. Stalman, 32 at the time, told Andere Tijden Sport (Earlier Times in Sport) that her decision to take part in doping was sparked after a pre-Olympic visit to the former East Germany.

She said she saw signs there that many women were using steroids. Ironically, the 1984 Olympic Games saw a Soviet Union-led boycott by former Eastern Bloc countries including East Germany, as well as Cuba -- payback for the West's snub of the 1980 Moscow Games.

It was not clear why Stalman, who was named the Netherlands' 1984 Sportswoman of the Year after the Games, decided to come clean more than three decades later. Dutch media reported that Stalman would not have to hand back her gold medal as a decade-long statute of limitations for anti-doping rule violations had long since lapsed. Apart from Stalman's medal, the Netherlands won four other golds including two for swimming, two silvers and six bronzes in the Games dominated by the United States with 83 golds, followed by Romania with 20.