[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]
Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) - Commonly known as The Clear, Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG is a type of steroid that had only been recently placed into scheduling as of 2005 and is noted unapproved by FDA. It basically binds with the androgen receptor instead of estrogen which makes it effective in increasing endurance for athletes. According to history, this was the secret of winning for the gold medalist Marion Jones, a sprinter athlete. However, longer association with this type of steroid can lead to infertility in both male and female. Using the steroids abuse test kit, a person may be held liable for a positive THG steroid test.
Because the ultimate goal of a steroid cycle is to increase strength and muscle size, the associated spike in estrogen which accompanies steroids such as Testosterone is considered undesirable. In order to disassociate the two effects, two classes of drug are used. Medications such as Nolvadex or Clomid target the estrogen receptors. They make it more difficult for the estrogen to exert it’s influence within the body thus allowing the testosterone to act more freely. The second class is aromatase inhibitors such as Femara. They target the aromatase enzyme itself in order to prevent the production of estrogen in the first place. Sometimes, it’s not always clear which option you should go with or even what the differences are between the two. Lets clear that up a little.