Another crucial point to make is that many East German competitors
(including Katarina Witt and some of their former swimmers) have
testified to the fact that they were forced to regularly intake
steroids and other *** as part of their training regimen.
The rampant success of the female athletes from China fell imm-
ediately on the heels of the arrival of East German trainers and
coaches in China to train these athletes.
Whenever an East German athlete was tested positive by steriods
(by the East German staff), that athlete did NOT arrive for
competition and the positive test results were kept secret. Thus
no 'proof' of steroid use was ever obtained at the time.
I seriously doubt that any of the Chinese coaches/trainers/administrators
would be foolish enough not to follow this policy. It's therefore
silly to say that they cannot be using steroids, because if they
were, they would be caught. That simply isn't true.
I'm not saying that I'm certain the Chinese women swimmers are
using steroids. I'm saying it's the most logical reason for these
incredible performances and until I see some evidence of wondrous
'herbs' that only enhance performance of women from China, I'm going
to continue to see it that way.