Kirk Part of a Panel That Discussed Doping in Sports

Bremerton’s Tara Kirk was part of a panel last month that tackled the ethical issues surrounding the debate on performance-enhancing drugs in athletics at Stanford University. The program was titled “Doping in Sports: The State of Play.”
Kirk, who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games, described what it feels like when you’re the one under investigation. Kirk was accused of doping four years ago, but her name was eventually cleared. During the forum, she held up a booklet containing the results that showed she tested negative for performance-enhancing drugs.
“It’s easy to accuse someone,” Kirk said, adding that once an athlete’s name is smeared, “no one reads the retraction.”

Kirk also stressed that athletes can excel without steroids.
The program was co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics and the Barbara and Bowen McCoy Program in Ethics in Society. Other panelists were Carl Djerassi, professor emeritus of chemistry; David Shaw, offensive coordinator for Stanford’s football team; Dan Pfaff, who has coached more than 30 Olympic track-and-field athletes; and Bay Area investigative journalist Lance Williams, who has written extensively about the allegations of steroid use by Barry Bonds and other athletes for the San Francisco Chronicle and his 2006 book, Game of Shadows.
Kirk and her sister, Dana, another Stanford grad, hope to compete in this summer’s Beijing Olympics. Both competed in this weekend’s Missouri Grand Prix in Columbia, Mo. Tara placed third in the 200 breaststroke Sunday, and won the 100 breaststroke Monday. Dana was fifth in the 200 butterfly and third in the 100 fly Monday.
Another doping note: Tara said she was selected for random, out of competition drug tests three different times last week.
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