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Encyclopedia > Victor Conte

Victor Conte is the founder and president of Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), a controversial sports nutrition center in Burlingame, California, which the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) says developed the banned steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG). After entering guilty pleas in July 2005 to one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and a second count of laundering a portion of a check, he was sentenced in October to spend four months in prison and another four on house arrest. It was part of a plea bargain struck with prosecutors. The Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) is a controversial sports nutrition center in Burlingame, California, USA. The company achieved infamy due to a long investigation in accusations that the lab provided anabolic steroids and other banned performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, many famous. ... Burlingame Library Burlingame is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which began operations on 1 October 2000, is a non-governmental agency responsible for implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code in the United States. ... Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) is an anabolic steroid that was obtained through palladium-charcoal catalyzed hydrogenation from Gestrinone, a substance used in gynecology for treatment of endometriose (e. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In December 2004, he participated in an interview with Martin Bashir on ABC's 20/20 program, where he admitted to running doping programs, which have broken Olympic records, as well as revealing that: "The whole history of the games is just full of corruption, cover-up, performance-enhancing drug use." [1] Martin Bashir (born January 19, 1963, in London) is an British journalist of Pakistani origin. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... 20/20 is an American television newsmagazine broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. ... For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ...

In the interview he implicated, among others, five-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones and her partner Tim Montgomery, Kelli White (who later admitted using performance enhancing drugs), British athlete Dwain Chambers, baseball star Barry Bonds and NFL player Bill Romanowski. Marion Jones (born October 12, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American athlete, winner of five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. ... Timothy Montgomery (born January 25, 1975) is a former American athlete and 100 m record holder. ... Kelli White (born April 1, 1977) is an American sprinter. ... Dwain Anthony Chambers (born 5 April 1978) is a British sprinter. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is a left fielder for Major League Baseballs San Francisco Giants. ... William Thomas Romanowski (born April 2, 1966 in Vernon, Connecticut) is a former American football player. ...

In the 1970s, Conte had played bass guitar in the group Tower of Power and collaborated with pianist Herbie Hancock. Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case The electric bass guitar (also called electric bass or simply bass) is an electrically amplified plucked string instrument. ... Tower of Power is a horn-based soul band from Oakland, California. ... Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is a jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ...

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SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports -- Conte goes on TV and names names (707 words)
To the shock and dismay of his attorneys, Conte agreed to a lengthy interview with the ABC News program "20/20" that is to air tonight at 10 and that could possibly incriminate him in the impending federal trial involving BALCO.
Conte and his attorneys have previously denied the contents of those statements, arguing in court papers that they should not be allowed into trial evidence.
Conte publicly "outing" Jones might not be good for her career, but it also might be construed as an admission of guilt by Conte and could be used against him in the BALCO trial expected to begin in March.
Victor Conte Comes Clean - ProSportsDaily Forums (1130 words)
Victor Conte, the man at the center of the BALCO doping scandal, says he provided performance-enhancing drugs to Marion Jones before and after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and gave steroids to Barry Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson.
Conte says he ended his relationship with Jones because she was careless about taking the drugs, and twice left her growth hormone behind in hotel rooms.
Conte claimed that once he was hired to work with Jones, before the Sydney Olympics, he started sending packages to her that included insulin, growth hormone and "The Clear." He said he continued to provide her with peformance-enhancing drugs until he severed their relationship in August 2001.
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