Year of the Cheater Lurches to a Close

Year of the Cheater Lurches to a Close

Uncovering a sport that hasn’t been marred by cheating is like finding a hypodermic needle in a haystack. Con artists were everywhere in 2012, leaving fans to view athletic achievements with an unhealthy mix of skepticism and resignation.

Sigh. When will it end?

Cheating goes back to the ancient Olympics, when Pelops rigged his chariot race with King Oinomaos. The modern Olympics are littered with cheats, too, as is the rest of sports. But the conniving that has occurred in the past 12 months feels angrier, uglier and more brazen than ever.

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