MEDIA WATCH: Track & Field team runs into problems

As the Summer Olympics near, the US Track & Field team faces assorted dilemmas as a result of athletes' use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

As the Summer Olympics near, the US Track & Field team faces assorted dilemmas as a result of athletes' use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Scandals include an alleged doping ring linked to a California sports-supplement company and a rash of failed doping tests. On top of that, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is ready to strip the US men's 1,600-meter relay team of its gold medal from the 2000 Games due to team member Jerome Young's earlier steroid use. Most frequent messages 1. IOC is expected to ratify an intl. track federation's suggestion to strip 2000 gold medal 2. Team regrets the decision and will work on behalf of the affected athletes 3. Perception is worse than reality. Scandals unfairly taint many other outstanding US athletes 4. US is sending a new team to Athens, signaling a new era 5. US relay pool needs to be scandal-free Based on analysis of 30 daily newspaper articles and broadcast stories appearing from July 15-20, 2004. Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye Medialink

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