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The Untold Story of the 1984 Olympic Blood Doping Scandal

Tainted Blood

The Film

About Tainted Blood

In a nearly forgotten incident, seven members of the US cycling team blood doped at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles to earn the first US cycling medals since the 1912 Olympics.

Told through the voices of Olympic athletes, coaches, doctors, and sports historians, Tainted Blood explores the secret world where athletes push themselves to the precipice and are driven by coaches with their own Olympic-fueled dreams.


Feb. 6

Full Cylcle Bike Shop

Boulder, CO

March 10


Cal State University - Fullerton

Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research Conference

April 12

University of Texas-Austin

Moody College of Communications

Nov. 22

Kenya International Sports Film Festival

Nairobi, Kenya



Featured in the Los Angels Post-Examiner article "Tainted Blood Explores Los Angeles Doping Scandal"

Featured in the Morning Call article "Documentary Explores 1984 Olympic Cycling Scandal, Which Cycling Community was Reluctant to Revisit"

Facebook Live interview with Kevin Robinson for the University of Texas Center for Sports Communication and Media

Interview on NPR

Interview for

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Interview with Chris Reid for Film Festival Today

Interview for The Native Society


About Jill

Filmmaker and journalist Jill Yesko is a former cyclist who represented the United States in the 1983 World University Games and competed in the Olympic Trials.

Jill is a Fellow at the Center for Sports Communication & Media, Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas.

Her writing has appeared in Women's Sports & Fitness, Shape, Fitness Swimmer, and numerous other magazines. She is the author of the acclaimed crime fiction novels and has been profiled in O, the Oprah magazine.

About Jill


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