Last updated on: 12/29/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Victor Conte Biography

Title:
Founder and former President of Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“I still think there is rampant use of drugs out there. It can be cleaned up but they have to use people from the other side, like Dwain [Chambers] and myself, and use the knowledge we’ve gained. Then, when athletes truly believe it is much more difficult to circumvent the testing, you’ll see far more performances by athletes who are doing it with hard work as opposed to chemical substances…

I used to be part of the problem. Dwain Chambers used to be part of the problem. I made a decision and Dwain did as well. It’s time to be part of the solution.”

Tom Knight, “Victor Conte: Drugs Will Win at Olympics,” Telegraph, Feb. 15, 2008

[Editor’s Note: The above statement indicates that Victor Conte is now Con to the question “Should performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) be accepted in sports?” In 2008, however, he was charged with and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute performance enhancing drugs. Conte was the head of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO), which developed tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a designer steroid also known as “the clear.” Known users of THG include sprinters Tim Montgomery, Marion Jones and Dwain Chambers.]

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Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC)
  • Founder and former President, BALCO, a sports nutrition center, 1984-2005
  • He was charged in 2004 with conspiring to distribute performance-enhancing drugs to more than 30 baseball, football, and track and field stars, and for money-laundering. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2005 to four months in prison and four months house arrest. He was released from criminal probation as of Apr. 1, 2008.
  • BALCO’s offices in Burlingame, CA, were raided by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) officials, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, and the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force in Sep. 2003.
  • Founder, Millbrae Holistic health center, 1980
  • Musician, 1967-1983
  • Member, Jump Street band, 1979-1981
  • Bassist, Tower of Power, 1977-1979
Education:
  • Attended Fresno State University
Other:
  • Athletes linked to the BALCO include US Olympic sprinter Tim Montgomery, US Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones, former National Football League player Bill Romanowski, Major League Baseball players Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Gary Sheffield, track and field athletes World Champion Michelle Collins, British Olympic sprinter Dwain Chambers, US Olympic gold medalist Chryste Gaines, US Olympic gold medalist Alvin Harrison, and US World Champion Kelli White
Quoted in:
  1. Is There Widespread Systemic Use of Banned Performance-Enhancing Drugs by Olympic Athletes?