If you're like us, you probably read the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision in the Shelby Houlihan case and got the broad strokes of it. CAS didn't believe, on the balance of probabilities, that Houlihan's explanation of a tainted pork burrito was the reason for her positive test for the banned steroid nandrolone and handed her a four-year ban from the sport.
But sometimes the nuance can be lost. Can you explain pharmacokinetics, delta-delta values, or GC/IRMS analysis? We couldn't either, which is why we enlisted ace sports scientist Ross Tucker to dive into the nitty-gritty of the Houlihan case.
After studying it back-to-front, Ross wrote two pieces on it, both of which can currently be found on the LetsRun homepage. The first, a deep dive into the case itself, examining all of Houlihan's arguments, the AIU's counter-arguments, and why CAS ultimately ruled in favor of the AIU. All in plain English. You won't find a better explainer of the science of the case on the internet.
The second piece is about the same length but a bit more freewheeling, with Tucker offering his opinions on the case and responding to our biggest unanswered questions about the case. It's a MUST-READ (it's Friday -- we're sure you can find the time).
It's not an exaggeration to say that the Houlihan case may end up as the defining anti-doping case of the 2020s. If you want to know what you're talking about when you discuss it, you owe it to yourself to read Ross's articles.
Ross goes through the CAS decision step by step from beginning to end, clarifies some of the more esoteric aspects of the case and outlines in clear terms exactly what Houlihan argued and why he thinks CAS ultimately (correctly) ruled against her.
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