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Doping In Ice Fishing? The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Says It Could Happen

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February 25, 2013

Doping In Ice Fishing? The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Says It Could Happen

By Joe Cermele

I learned some interesting things about doping this morning per this article in The New York Times. You, like me, might have assumed that only athletes who engage in strength-based or agility-based or stamina-based sports would dope. Not true. In 2011, two pro mini golfers and one chess player tested positive for banned substances, according to the World Doping Agency. I guess if put-put players and board gamers think there's an advantage to juicing, why not ice fishermen? That's why the U.S. doping agency tested members of the Russian Ice Fishing Team following their win at the World Ice Fishing Championship in Wisconsin.

As I understand it, this is all part of a bid to get ice fishing included in the Olympics, which may actually happen down the line, though it's a long shot. Still, the thinking is that if you want to be treated like an Olympic athlete, you'll have to be subjected to the same testing as skiers and hockey players. Given that we're talking ice fishing, however, the testing was kind of taken with a grain of salt. After all, what are you going to do better doped up? Drill 300 more holes? Work a jig faster?

“We do not test for beer, because then everybody would fail,” said Joel McDearmon, chairman of the United States Freshwater Fishing Federation...

Bill Whiteside, a previous gold medal winner from Eau Claire, Wis., said that physical strength often had little to do with fishing success.

“It’s not the best athlete that usually wins the events,” he said. “A lot of times it’s the experienced older guys.”

The Doping Agency didn't find anything afoul in the Russian team's urine. 

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from Bryan01 wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

once again bureaucratic considerations trump common sense

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

" everyone was drinking beer" but I have a feeling the russians my have had much more potent substance... Vodka, yup thats right when drank in excess for several days then omitted on the day of competition the perfect jigging action can be attained. visible sideffects: may have been perfuse vomiting, an angry demeanor, along with an intense urge to fight bears.
should it be banned you be the judge.
This is all for my own amusement lol It just floor's me, ice fishing is more of knowledge based sport. The weather may dictate how comfortable you are but i would imagine that if there fishing at such a high level of competition they're prepared for that. Are they seriously considering making ice fishing an olympic sport? Would be awesome but i think a pretty tough proposition. lets just get wrestling back to the summer games first.

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from Mathiashunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Next thing you know they will be doing tests to make sure no-one knitting yarn is taking steroids, God forbid grandma would be able to make a sweater faster. Absolutely asinine!

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from LWarren wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

If steroids make you a better fisherman, Im in. I tried the beer and it works, if for nothing other than to make you forget if you caught any or not...

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from blackjac wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

World Doping Agency-----???? Lemme guess, run by "Dopes" ?

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from Bryan01 wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

once again bureaucratic considerations trump common sense

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

" everyone was drinking beer" but I have a feeling the russians my have had much more potent substance... Vodka, yup thats right when drank in excess for several days then omitted on the day of competition the perfect jigging action can be attained. visible sideffects: may have been perfuse vomiting, an angry demeanor, along with an intense urge to fight bears.
should it be banned you be the judge.
This is all for my own amusement lol It just floor's me, ice fishing is more of knowledge based sport. The weather may dictate how comfortable you are but i would imagine that if there fishing at such a high level of competition they're prepared for that. Are they seriously considering making ice fishing an olympic sport? Would be awesome but i think a pretty tough proposition. lets just get wrestling back to the summer games first.

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from Mathiashunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Next thing you know they will be doing tests to make sure no-one knitting yarn is taking steroids, God forbid grandma would be able to make a sweater faster. Absolutely asinine!

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from LWarren wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

If steroids make you a better fisherman, Im in. I tried the beer and it works, if for nothing other than to make you forget if you caught any or not...

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from blackjac wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

World Doping Agency-----???? Lemme guess, run by "Dopes" ?

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