Mark Johnson Discusses Sports Doping at University of California San Diego

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In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, UC San Diego alumnus and sports journalist Mark Johnson traces the doping culture in professional sports, from the early days when pills meant progress, to the current day, when athletes are vilified for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

In his book, Johnson, who has covered cycling as a writer and photographer since the 1980s, explores the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture.

The University of California San Diego recorded Johnson’s lecture, which includes stories from Spitting in the Soup as well as key quotes from politicians, athletes, sports coaches, and more. If doping in sports interests you at all, consider this your TED Talk!