Gary Hall Jr SteroidsGary Hall Jr., a guy who spent most of his 33 years underwater, has a crystal-clear view of the use of steroids in his sport.

The two-time defending gold medal winner in the 50-meter freestyle offered straightforward views on doping and anti-doping agencies as he met the press during the first day of the eight-day US Olympic trials on Sunday.

Hall pointed out that sport in general appears flooded with use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, overwhelming anti-doping agencies to the limit to keep up. He said majority of athletes who have been found out of using steroids and other PEDs were inadvertently brought down by scandals such as the infamous Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) affair, and not by anti-doping agencies. This means that many athletes who use these substances oftentimes escape these agencies’ detection.

Hall, not known for diplomatic tact when dealing with those who run his sport, would surely rankle some more feathers with his too-honest opinions. In his sport, Hall said, the use of steroids is far more prevalent than most athletes and coaches publicly acknowledge. Although he admitted he has no direct evidence to prove his belief, he knows that the problem exists.

“Unfortunately, we rely on an inadequate doping system — doping agencies — for the proof,” Hall said. “We live in a society where you’re innocent until proven guilty — the key word being ‘proven.’ We don’t have any way of proving people are cheating.”

At the US Olympic trials, athletes will be randomly tested for steroids and other banned substances.

Hall is a three-time Olympian and 10-time Olympic medalist, and a role model for diabetes patients. In 1999, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, commonly known as childhood or juvenile diabetes. A year prior to the diagnosis, Hall was suspended for marijuana use by FINA, the International Swimming Federation.