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|Hatton has simplified the scientific terminology and provided understandable explanations of the science behind NESP. Colorful, crisp photographs of Salt Lake City during the Olympics, scientists at work, and microscopic examples pull the reader into the book. At the end of each chapter a full page inset explores related topics such as anabolic steroids, drug tweaking, history of doping, and the testing process. Career information is included as is information on the fine line athletes must walk to test drug free. [...] Recommended.|
"A must-read on doping...Caroline Hatton's 'The Night Olympic Team' is an essential in-depth look at drug cheating in sports."
Special to the Los Angeles Times
--YES Mag, the Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds
"[A] detective story…packed with convincing reasons to compete clean."
Los Angeles Magazine
"Readers will certainly understand one of the more complicated subtexts of the upcoming Olympics much better after spending some time with this… readable offering.”
|"Hatton does a creditable job of explaining the chemical alphabet-soup jargon of drugs and drug-testing, abetted by a design that features short chapters and fact boxes that both flesh out the story's details and offer supplementary facts about doping. Along the way, she makes a strong case for the importance to both health and integrity for the stringent treatment of offenders. Readers will certainly understand one of the more complicated subtexts of the upcoming Olympics much better after spending some time with this… readable offering.”
“Hatton’s approach to the issues raised by the use of performance-enhancing drugs is fair-minded and kid-friendly.”
--School Library Journal
|"A concise, readable account of a group of scientists who are working to detect forbidden drug use in sports. ...Hatton’s approach to the issues raised by the use of performance-enhancing drugs is fair-minded and kid-friendly. When considering why athletes cheat, she observes: “A gold medal might make an athlete a national hero or lead to fabulous wealth. Some athletes feel too much pressure to win from fans, loved ones, or even themselves.” Teachers and young readers will appreciate Hatton’s personable manner and her keen perspective on this timely subject."|
"...A scientific thriller."
|"Hatton tackles a difficult issue with grace and clarity... [The book] offers readers a unique glimpse into how science can make a difference in keeping the Olympics fair and drug-free."|
"A unique perspective."
|"...sheds light on the topic of keeping drugs out of the Olympic Games. Dr. Hatton worked inside the testing lab for the 2002 Winter Games and has a unique perspective on the problem. The book is the result of her own experience plus interviews with more than 80 lawyers, other scientists, and sport officials. Far from being a dry, scientific text, "The Night Olympic Team" uses photos, charts, and easy-to-read text to shed light on the history, testing, procedures, and future of "doping" in the Olympics."|
"Great nonfiction for all ages. As interesting and enjoyable as a good novel. Clear explanation about why performance enhancing drugs are banned and their effects on the human body"
--In Linda's Library, blog by Emerson School (for gifted K-8 education) Librarian, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The News Review
"Timely and informative."
Reviewers of Young Adult Literature
"A true-life adventure story."
Author of 30 Outstanding Science Trade Books - Children’s Book Council and National Science Teachers’ Association (CBC/NSTA)
|In this timely and highly readable account of the unmasking of three Olympic athletes who used a performance-enhancing drug that they thought would be undetectable, and the scientists who discovered and identified that drug, Caroline Hatton has created a true-life adventure story. Clearly written, with a “you are there” sense of immediacy, we are pulled into the story of the drug testing lab at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, participating in the nightly urgency as the scientists process urine samples provided by athletes the previous day. With pronunciation guides for difficult words and sidebars to explain complicated concepts and related issues, the author keeps the main story focused on the drama of unfolding events. Holding us in suspense until the final chapter, Caroline Hatton helps us understand the dedication, challenges, and rewards of the Night Olympic Team.|
|Teachers are an important audience as the kids are where the future will be influenced. Will the next generation be as jaded and open to temptation as the current one? Time will tell. But books like this one are necessary to provide solid information and context to the issue. It's well done, nicely illustrated, and should be well received.|
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Video: Introduction to Sports Doping Control (2 min 20 sec)
Informational video made by Agilent Technologies for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Caroline K. Hatton, Ph.D. (UCLA Olympic Lab consultant at the time) and Stuart P. Cram, Ph.D. (Agilent Technologies) appear in it.
|It took me two years to write the book and two more years to find the publisher. Then it took only nine months to publish the book.|
Were the three 2002 Olympics cases described in the book also based on blood tests, in addition to urine tests?
|Yes! In each case, a blood sample had been collected at the same time as the urine sample in which NESP (the prohibited blood booster) was found. Both the blood and urine were analyzed at the UCLA Olympic Lab in Salt Lake City. The test results met the criteria for reporting the cases.|
The Night Olympic Team describes how clean athlete Beckie Scott got bumped up in the ranking when dopers were disqualified. Were other athletes bumped up for the same reason?
|Yes! For example, Norwegians Thomas Alsgaard and Frode Estil got bumped up to gold, and Kristen Skjeldal to bronze.|
|We'll never catch every single drug user, but we have room to cramp the style of dopers and have reasonably drug-free sports.|
What was it like being a member of the Night Olympic Team?
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Tell us about the night your team discovered NESP in an athlete’s urine.
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