[sumo] [spoilers]Asashoryu's open armed and beloved return.
jdouglas at nyc.rr.com
Sat Dec 8 23:53:56 EST 2007
On Dec 8, 2007, at 6:11 PM, Jürgen Buder wrote:
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>> Datum: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 23:17:36 -0500
>> Von: "Scott M. Kahn" <smk1 at columbia.edu>
>> An: Sumo Mailing List <sumo at webtrek.com>
>> Betreff: Re: [sumo] [spoilers]Asashoryu\'s open armed and beloved
>> Let's start with Takanohana and his alleged steroid abuse.
>> If you are wondering whether I had access to his urine sample test
>> results, if they were ever performed, or information about how he
>> may have dabbled in pharmaceuticals, I admit, I was not privy to
>> this first hand information.
>> My personal conclusion that Takanohana was a steroid abuser is based
>> on public information and changes in his appearance over the years.
>> Takanohana and Mark McGwire have shared a number of physical
>> similarities, rapid weight and muscle gain during the time when
>> steroid abuse allegedly began, similar problems with their facial
>> appearance, and similar weight loss after retirement, faster than
>> what would be expected if steroid abuse wasn't involved, almost to
>> the point that they don't resemble themselves.
> FWIW, Asashoryu increased his body weight by 40% during his career
> (from 106 kg to 148). Using the same time frame (i.e. between age 18
> an 26), Takanohana's weight has gained by 19%. Even if you take the
> entire career of Takanohana into account, he gained by 33%. And in
> contrast to Asashoryu, Takanohana started ozumo as a 15-year old boy.
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