Something to consider is that some use the word "epidemic" in reference to steroid use by high school students; not only for athletics, but perhaps primarily for vanity.
Cheaters are all around us -- and like many other aspects of society, they undoubtedly dominate most professional sports, one way or another. It's not a coincidence that most professional athletes are complete ******* these days.
Personally, I question how badly leagues actually want to solve this issue. The sheer number of MLB star players and other team personnel proven to be involved in PED use makes it impossible for me to believe that the league hadn't been acutely aware of the issue for decades. I don't doubt that other leagues cover it up to the best of their ability.
Chances are, we'd all be massively disappointed if all PED use was exposed.
Let's just assume that all players are/were on PEDs. Back to Ovechkin:
He's now listed as 230+ pounds. When he came into the league, I believe he was around 210 and when he was scoring most of his goals he was 220 or under. While he moves very quickly for a player his size, he is understandably slower at 26 years of age and 230 lbs than he was at 22 and 215 lbs.
I think that his decline in production can be attributed to weight gain, age, playing more within a system, and failing to develop as a player; in addition to external factors such as greater athleticism in the NHL. No need to speculate further, really.
If he is on PEDs, maybe the problem isn't being off them; but instead becoming too large as as result of them.
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