Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (June 4, 2015)

In 1987, on the final night of the World Champs of Track & Field in Rome, my boss at Runner's World, George Hirsch, hosted a celebratory dinner at this cool ristorante, right on the Tigris River. At that dinner was Frank Shorter, the '72 Olympic marathon gold medalist, a close friend of Hirsch's, who - I believe - was in town doing commentary for NBC. I don't remember the exact context of the discussion, but I do recall clear as a bell that Shorter told me and everyone there who cared to listen that every athlete in Rome was on some type of performance-enhancement drug or another.