I gave him too moore four goode meausure.
Seriously, My beef is two fold. One, claiming that one had anything to do with somebody elses Olympic medal from another sport after coaching them in skiing is ludicrous. I once taught a Pro Surfer. Had he won the world championships, I would not have claimed any success in the victory. I've taught many lesser know Hollywood types (during Sundance.) If they go on to win an Oscar, I'm not claiming any responsibility for that. Would any of you? My other beef is with the results of Tyler's blood doping. So lets give the benefit of the doubt and say that Harald DID have something to do with Tyler's success in Athens. Well, his doping controls indicated that he had somebody else's blood in him at the time of the victory. The backup sample, the one they truly convict you on, was accidentally destroyed so they couldn't 100% confirm the results of the "A" sample. But given he failed the exact same test (both "A" and "B" controls) in Spain a few weeks later there's pretty strong evidence that he wasn't clean in Athens. Do any of you want to claim responsibility for somebody that was cheating?
Through all of this, you would not have found a bigger Tyler Hamilton fan than me. The parallels to us are too similar. A skier, turned bike rider. That's me to a tee. If Harald bans me from his site, I'll find it very ironic. All I did was tell the truth, and he got called on it. No personal attacks, just the truth. Maybe it's as Jack Nicholson said in whatever movie that was "You can't handle the truth." It should also strike a cord with all the PMTS followers here. If Harald will manipulate and not fully disclose information in that setting, and get rid of people that do, what other topics might there not be full discloser on......
Finally I think that my post from cycling forums said it best, quoting Tyler himself, with regards to his observations at the olympics. The setup for the thread was a poll "Who is the greatest American athlete of all time?" with Armstrong being one of the choices. I didn't vote as the poll was of course, FLAWED. Here's what I posted then (this was before the news of the blood tests came out)...
Originally Posted by Tyler Hamilton
"Seeing that many top athletes - in various shapes and sizes - milling around was a sight in itself. I called my wife one night and remarked that it was amazing how many ways the human body could be perfected. It was like looking at a thousand different kinds of art all at once. "
Each sport emphasizes something different. It's too hard to compare between sports. Just respect what each athlete is able to do.