Saturday, May 19, 2007

Bad Boy Floyd Could Testify Saturday

Here's a brief look at Day 5 of the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing from the San Jose Mercury News:

HIGHLIGHTS: The prospect of hearing Floyd Landis testify Saturday. Nothing against pro cyclist Joe Papp and his testimony about doping methods he used to use, but this hearing is about Landis. Hearing him testify will be the most important event of the nine days.

LOWLIGHTS: Another appearance from a French-speaking witness. This time it was Corinne Buisson, a supervisor at the French lab. Fortunately, her testimony through a translator was limited.

NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE: USADA attorneys were cross-examining Landis' first witness, University of Florida professor Bruce Goldberger, trying to puncture his credibility by getting him to admit his expertise wasn't specifically in steroid testing. Goldberger responded by producing a letter he recently received from the WADA-approved lab at UCLA, asking him to apply for the job recently vacated by lab director Don Catlin ... which quickly prompted a new line of questioning.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS: The "delta-delta difference" in a carbon-isotope ratio test is the difference between the carbon 13-to-carbon 12 ratios of metabolized testosterone and a baseline component (endogenous reference compound) in the urine. If the difference is greater than 3 delta units, a positive test for synthetic steroids can be assumed. Because the margin of error in these tests is 0.8, however, the difference really needs to be greater than 3.8.

SATURDAY'S WITNESSES: Wilhelm Schnazer, director of the Institute of Biochemistry of the German Sports University in Cologne; Don Catlin, former director of the testing lab at UCLA; Floyd Landis.

MORE: USA Today: Floyd Landis to take stand in arbitration hearing

1 comment:

Tour of '03 said...

A personal note:
This is the 600th post since the Crankset began in March 2006. Thanks to my co-bloggers for keeping this blog alive and to those of you who take the time to occasional check it out.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Bad Boy Floyd Could Testify Saturday

Here's a brief look at Day 5 of the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing from the San Jose Mercury News:

HIGHLIGHTS: The prospect of hearing Floyd Landis testify Saturday. Nothing against pro cyclist Joe Papp and his testimony about doping methods he used to use, but this hearing is about Landis. Hearing him testify will be the most important event of the nine days.

LOWLIGHTS: Another appearance from a French-speaking witness. This time it was Corinne Buisson, a supervisor at the French lab. Fortunately, her testimony through a translator was limited.

NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE: USADA attorneys were cross-examining Landis' first witness, University of Florida professor Bruce Goldberger, trying to puncture his credibility by getting him to admit his expertise wasn't specifically in steroid testing. Goldberger responded by producing a letter he recently received from the WADA-approved lab at UCLA, asking him to apply for the job recently vacated by lab director Don Catlin ... which quickly prompted a new line of questioning.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS: The "delta-delta difference" in a carbon-isotope ratio test is the difference between the carbon 13-to-carbon 12 ratios of metabolized testosterone and a baseline component (endogenous reference compound) in the urine. If the difference is greater than 3 delta units, a positive test for synthetic steroids can be assumed. Because the margin of error in these tests is 0.8, however, the difference really needs to be greater than 3.8.

SATURDAY'S WITNESSES: Wilhelm Schnazer, director of the Institute of Biochemistry of the German Sports University in Cologne; Don Catlin, former director of the testing lab at UCLA; Floyd Landis.

MORE: USA Today: Floyd Landis to take stand in arbitration hearing

1 comment:

Tour of '03 said...

A personal note:
This is the 600th post since the Crankset began in March 2006. Thanks to my co-bloggers for keeping this blog alive and to those of you who take the time to occasional check it out.