Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Hicks’

APPARENTLY THE BOSTON MEDIA IS TIRED OF NEW YORK GETTING ALL THE CREDIT FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS

February 28, 2009

Thomas Hicks won just one more marathon after the '04 Olympics.

1904 OLYMPIC MARATHON WINNER THOMAS HICKS

The Boston Globe had a crazy story this week about the first known drug cheat in the history of the Olympics. The Globe seems almost PROUD of the fact that the Boston area can lay claim to the origins of performance enhancing drugs in the Olympics. The Globe even whines about how¬†“the media currently fixate on a certain pinstriped athlete in New York.”

Thomas Hicks was a marathon runner from Cambridge, Massachusetts who participated in the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. He virtually collapsed during the race but an Olympic official revived Hicks with a concoction that contained egg whites, brandy and strychnine. Strychnine is the primary ingredient in rat poison.

Ordinarily, you wouldn’t consider rat poison a PED, but even in 1904 athletes and trainers were looking for chemical methods to improve athletic performances. During the early 1900’s it was known that strychnine “raises neuromuscular sensibilities.” Hicks was given 1/60th of a grain of strychnine. He won the 1904 Olympic marathon because of rat poison (even though it almost killed him.)