Ben Johnson paved the way of general cynicism towards sports achievement Ban Johnson was born in Jamaica but migrated to Canada when he was 14 years old. Johnson met a Canadian sprint champion and coach Charlie Francis, who encouraged him to join the Scarborough Optimist Track and field club in York University.

In the early 80s, Johnson’s career was so flourishing. His first success came when he won two silver medals at the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia.

However, his biggest and widely famous feat was the 1988 Seoul Olympics 100 meter-dash. He won the gold medal against long-time rival, US sprinter Carl Lewis, in September 24.

Three days after, what Canada imagined, as their biggest achievement in the world of track and field, suddenly became a disgrace.

Johnson was found to test positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Because of this, he was stripped of his medal. His medal was given to his rival Carl Lewis, who later on admitted to using steroids as well, but was not stripped of his medals.

This incident made such a lasting impact on many people that many became skeptical every time an athlete makes a winning record. They said Ben Johnson’s case made fans hesitant to embrace any accomplishment for fear of a future scandal.