33. Travis Tygart Is Coming for Cheaters — Just Ask Lance Armstrong
People I (Mostly) Admire
He’s the C.E.O. of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which, under his charge, exposed the most celebrated American cyclist as a cheater. And Steve’s been studying cheaters for the last 25 years, so he’s also excited to talk to Travis about the incentives to cheat and the advances in testing technology — and offers his services as an anti-doping data detective for the sport of horse racing.
The State of the (Doping) Nation Address by Travis Tygart
Sport Resolutions Virtual Conference 2021 in association with Winston & Strawn LLP.
In this session we will hear Travis’s views on his anti-doping journey, his take on the ideal model for truly protecting clean athletes, the behaviour and treatment of Russia and what steps should be taken to address and improve the regulation of anti-doping measures globally. Speakers: Travis Tygart (CEO of USADA), Nicole Sapstead (CEO of UKAD) and Victoris Aggar (Chair of the BAC). Notes: Travis is joined for a Q&A by UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead and the BAC Chair Victoria Aggar)
With this episode, we welcome back Travis Tygart to the show. Travis is the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency and was our very first guest to join the podcast in episode #1. In this episode, Kara and Chris chat with Travis on the latest in clean sport news including the impact of the pandemic and the delayed Olympics on anti-doping efforts in the US and around the world. Travis talks about the initial impact of the stay-at-home orders on USADA in March and the details behind Project Believe, a program to experiment with virtual testing during this time which could change the future of drug testing. We dig into the whereabouts filing system, how it works, and whether or not Travis believes there is a rise in those cases and suspensions in the last 12 months. Travis also provides details on the Rodchenkov Act and its progress in Congress, plus what it means to criminalize doping in the United States. Finally, we discuss the recent threats by the US Congress and the White House to defund the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) including USADA's perspective and the potential impact of such a decision. We are excited to have Travis back on the show and couldn't be more appreciative of his support of the podcast over the last 13 months.
Talking Lance Armstrong and death threats with USADA CEO Travis Tygart
USADA CEO Travis Tygart has dealt with some of the biggest anti-doping cases in history, such as the scandals involving Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones. Tygart says “nobody ever likes to have to hold a global icon accountable or take away five medals from a Marion Jones”. “Those are tough moments and you wish those athletes hadn’t made the decision to cheat,” he says. Despite receiving numerous death threats as a result, Tygart remains committed to clean, fair sport. “Whether it’s an American or an Australian, if you cheat and break the rules, you should be held accountable and that’s the code that we’ve all agreed to.” He’s very passionate about keeping the integrity in sport at all times and is not afraid to say what he thinks, always pointing to his “north star” - clean athletes. Our Medical Officer Larissa Trease also answers a question from the public about the prohibited substance GW1516, why it is banned and the health risked associated; and we detail our suite of online education programs – from Level Two to Clean Sport 101 – that are tailored to all athletes from elite to grassroots. For more: https://elearning.asada.gov.au/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Special Edition: Clean Sport Collective Podcast, Episode 1 with Travis Tygart
I am excited to introduce the Clean Sport Collective podcast with this first episode. I am cross-posting it here, so that you can see what we are doing with this new podcast. After this week, you will be able to see more episodes at cleansport.libsyn.com (we have already posted 3 including this one), and they will be up on itunes as well soon. The Clean Sport Collective is a community of powerful voices comprised of athletes, brands, events, clubs, fans and the public to support the pursuit of clean sport and athletics. With this podcast, we will celebrate clean athletes, educate you on issues in the world of clean sport, and bring hope that we can all believe in the power of fair play across all sports. For our first episode, we interview Travis Tygart, the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic and Paralympic sport. The organization is charged with managing the anti-doping program, including in-competition and out-of competition testing, results management processes, drug reference resources, and athlete education for all United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recognized sport national governing bodies, their athletes, and events. We talk about the current state of US anti-doping efforts in this conversation with Travis.
Episode #1: Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency
Clean Sport Collective
We are excited to introduce the Clean Sport Collective podcast with this first episode. The Clean Sport Collective is a community of powerful voices comprised of athletes, brands, events, clubs, fans and the public to support the pursuit of clean sport and athletics. With this podcast, we will celebrate clean athletes, educate you on issues in the world of clean sport, and bring hope that we can all believe in the power of fair play across all sports. For our first episode, we interview Travis Tygart, the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic and Paralympic sport. The organization is charged with managing the anti-doping program, including in-competition and out-of competition testing, results management processes, drug reference resources, and athlete education for all United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recognized sport national governing bodies, their athletes, and events. We talk about the current state of US anti-doping efforts in this conversation with Travis. About the co-hosts: - Kara Goucher is an elite-level US distance runner who has competed in the Olympics for the US at the 10,000 meter and marathon distances. She owns a silver medal from the World Championships in the 10,000 meters and has finished 3rd place at both the NYC and Boston Marathons. You can read more about her experiences with doping in sport here. - Shanna Burnette is Kara's agent and a leader in PR and marketing for brands in the running industry. She is the co-founder of ModCraft, a marketing agency she started with her husband in 2013. Shanna is the original founder of the Clean Sport Collective. - Chris McClung is a co-owner of Rogue Running, a running coaching business based in Austin, TX. He is also host of the Running Rogue podcast which educates runners on coaching topics and aspires to build fans of the sport. Chris is a huge fan of all sports and is passionate about raising awareness on the topic of clean sport.
Travis Tygart on WADA, Russia, doping in US sport, Lance Armstrong, and the athlete fightback
In a special extended edition of the SportsPro Podcast, SportsPro editor-at-large Eoin Connolly meets in Lausanne with Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency. The discussion begins with the latest chapter in the Russian state doping saga, and the path forward now that Rusada's compliance has been confirmed - under review - for the time being. In part two, Tygart reflects on the wider challenges facing WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, with a presidential race due when the tenure of Sir Craig Reedie ends later this year. Finally, the conversation turns to the US, the challenges of wrangling combat sports into stricter practices, differing standards among the major leagues and the lessons of the Lance Armstrong case. He also explains why, fundamentally, he remains optimistic about the anti-doping cause.
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart explains legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate that would criminalize organized doping carried out at sports events such as the Olympics. Speaking from the USADA headquarters in Colorado Springs with ATR Editor Ed Hula, Tygart says the proposal has a good chance of becoming law in 2019.