Last updated on: 12/23/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Shannon J. Owens Biography

Title:
Sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“It’s hard enough to get viewers to tune to track and field, much less to watch the women unless there’s an adorable, likable American star who happens to be on the verge of rewriting record books.

Those are big shoes to fill. So big, in fact, that I sometimes sympathize with the athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs… The bar is set so incredibly high because not only do they feel the pressure to win, but they also feel the pressure to sell the sport… You have seconds to impress the world. And that chance comes for a few weeks every four years.”

“Female Athletes Strive to Escape Obscurity,” Orlando Sentinel, June 17, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sports columnist, Orlando Sentinel
  • Sports celebrity blogger, OrlandoSentinel.com
  • Student writer, The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin
Education:
  • BA, Communications, University of Texas at Austin, 2003
Other:
  • Niece of world champion track and field athlete Jesse Owens
  • Twitter handle: @shannonowens
Quoted in:
  1. Should Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Use Be Accepted in Sports?