The collaboration between Olympic sprinter David Jenkins and the infamous steroid guru Dan Duchaine to create a multi-million underground steroid laboratory (UGL) in the 1980s was recently highlighted in a book excerpt published by the Scotsman.com. Richard Moore, the author of the “The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the Seoul Olympic 100m Final,” interviewed Jenkins and asked him about his steroid past.
David Jenkins was a former European 400-meter champion and a silver medalist in the 4×400 meter relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He won his Olympic medal without the use of anabolic steroids. Once he obtained a prescription for Dianabol from his doctor, he ran well but never as well as he did steroid-free.
Jenkins eventually retired from active competition and moved from Scotland to the United States. He helped Olympic athletes at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics use steroids and avoid detection. But it wasn’t until he met Dan Ducahine in 1986 that he became a big-time steroid dealer.
“I’d been working on a book about performance enhancement in sport. I wrote to Dan, he called me, and he said, ‘You gotta come and see me,’” Jenkins told Moore. “So I went to meet him. It was like, frickin’, meeting Hitler – or a visitation thereof.”
Jenkins and Duchaine partnered with Juan Javier Macklis in Mexico and established the UGL known as Laboratorios Milano. The steroid business exploded. When federal prosecutors busted Jenkins, Duchaine, Macklis and 36 other individuals around the country, the business allegedly supplied seventy percent of the steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders in the United States.
Jenkins was sentenced to seven years in prison but only served nine months. After he was released from prison, he quickly developed a successful supplement company known as Next Nutrition (later changed to Next Proteins). Its flagship products – Designer Protein and Ultimate Orange – started Jenkins on his way to becoming a wealthy man once again.
Only a small portion of Moore’s book discusses Jenkins, but the book is full of interesting information about Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis including each of their respective failed drug tests. Further details can be found in Moore’s book ”The Dirtiest Race in History”.
Moore, R. (July 9, 2012). From gold and silver to drugs and jail David Jenkins never ran from fate. Retrieved from http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/sport/other-sports/from-gold-and-silver-to-drugs-and-jail-david-jenkins-never-ran-from-fate-1-2400561