Athletes: Have you ever been pressured to enhance your performance?

Alison Brody
Analyst
Public Insight Network
Oprah Winfrey interviewed Lance Armstrong this week about his use of banned drugs throughout his cycling career. (Photo via Getty Images)

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Lance Armstrong this week about his use of banned drugs throughout his cycling career. (Photo via Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong has admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his storied career as a cyclist.

Armstrong may be the highest-profile athlete to fess up to illegally gaming the system, but he’s certainly not the first. The immense pressure to perform has sent athletes from high school to the pros searching for ways to achieve that extra edge, even if it means bending or breaking the rules.

As an athlete, have you felt pressure to enhance your performance in any way? As a coach or parent of an athlete, what kinds of pressure to perform do young people face? Share your story here.

We may include your insights in upcoming stories or contact you to find out more.

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Alison Brody Analyst
Public Insight Network

Alison Brody spends her day surrounded by stories from people all across the country. She works with journalists from newsrooms like NPR and The New York Times to help turn these insights into meaningful journalism (i.e., not from a press release or a political speech).

Before joining the PIN team, Alison worked as a PIN analyst at the public radio show Marketplace. For two years she asked questions about credit card debt, employment, unemployment and health insurance. She's also worked at Los Angeles’ public television station, where she helped produce an international news pilot and a digital prototype that was half game, half social network, aimed at teaching students about the U.S. Constitution.