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Poll: Have Performance-Enhancers Overtaken Sports?

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Lance Armstrong is the latest American athlete to fall from grace, thanks to connections to performance-enhancing drugs.

The International Cycling Union formally stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles on Monday and banned him for life for doping.

Armstrong had vehemently denied allegations of doping for years but two weeks ago, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released evidence of drug use and trafficking by Armstrong and his teams. The USADA also ordered that Armstrong be banned for life in August.

The cancer survivor is the latest in a long line of athletes whose public images have suffered because of connections to performance-enhancing drugs. Another former Tour de France winner, American cyclist Floyd Landis, faced allegations of blood doping.

Four of the top 10 home run hitters in the history of baseball — Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa — have been connected to or admitted using performance-enhancers.

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte admitted in 2007 to receiving human growth hormone injections on two occasions in 2002 to help heal an elbow injury more quickly.

Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson admitted to using steroids, and the International Olympic Committee formally stripped Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals because of her steroid use.

Be sure to vote in our poll and leave a comment below with your thoughts about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.