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Morten Renslo Sandvik, Åse Strandbu and Sigmund Loland

In everyday communication, participants can critically explore their understanding of morally complex phenomena. There has been little effort within the social sciences to provide insight into whether and how athletes communicate among themselves about morally contested topics. This study attempts to fill this gap in the literature. Through focus group interviews and with the help of Goffman’s frame analysis, we explore how a group of young, Norwegian road cyclists communicates about doping. The article demonstrates that this communication is strongly norm-regulated and often appears as brief, assertive, and evasive. We show how the communication reflects a hegemonic discourse of doping as immoral and inexcusable. We conclude that this discourse limits explorative communication and may limit young athletes’ preparation for doping-related dilemmas and social pressures.

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Trygve B. Broch and Eivind Å. Skille

). Talking doping: A frame analysis of communication about doping among talented, young, Norwegian road cyclists . Sociology of Sport Journal, 34 ( 2 ), 195 – 204 . doi:10.1123/ssj.2016-0073 10.1123/ssj.2016-0073 Scherer , J. ( 2016 ). Resisting the world-class city: Community opposition and the

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Karen McCormack

—the mountains and the urban skateparks—are defined in gendered terms. Risk occupies a key location in the imaginary of many action sports. Road cyclists, for instance, tell stories of their crashes, tying risk to their identity ( Albert, 1999 ). And when risk is a central part of a subculture, members who avoid

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Udi Carmi and Orr Levental

throwing competition due to illness. Long jumper Ilana Karaszyk did not achieve the minimum results for moving up to the next stage. The most stinging disappointment came from the two road cyclists, who did not even finish the race. They registered for the 175 km race but already dropped out after the

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Joshua I. Newman

daughters’ horseback riding risks . Sociology of Sport Journal, 34 ( 3 ), 259 – 269 . doi:10.1123/ssj.2016-0111 Sandvik , M.R. , Strandbu , Å. , & Loland , S. ( 2017 ). Talking doping: a frame analysis of communication about doping among talented, young, Norwegian road cyclists . Sociology of

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Liam J.A. Lenten, Aaron C.T. Smith and Ralph-Christopher Bayer

claimed that achieving an elite level of performance demands the use of PES to move beyond “naturally evolved talent” ( Cooper, 2012 , p. 22). In one study focusing on road cyclists, for example, the respondents acknowledged that some “serious” substance use was needed to endure prodigious competitive