ears support each other and help each other survive

ears ago, in multiple countries throughout Europe, the government believed they had the right to dope teenagers with drugs in order to shape better athletes. One of these athletes was Heidi Krieger, born on July 20, 1966. Now known as Andreas Krieger, age 51, Krieger played women’s shot put in East Germany in the SC Dynamo in Berlin. After years of playing sports and being doped with the drug Oral-Turinabol in the process, Krieger’s body could no longer handle the stresses from the steroids. He had a sex-change surgery, which transitioned him to officially become Andreas Kreiger. Regardless of his struggle in his athletic career, Krieger was able to find Ute, who was a Russian swimmer living through a similar situation, and is now married with a dog. They support each other and help each other survive their day-to-day struggles caused by the actions of the government and their coaches who pumped them with drugs to make them so-called “better athletes.”As outlined in the National Anti Doping Agency Germany site, Heidi Krieger’s life unfolded in the following important series of events that led to his current life as Andreas Krieger. In 1979, Krieger was sent to a special school for young athletes, progressing quickly and joining the SC Dynamo Berlin, expected to bring in many medals for the country. In 1981, his coach began giving him “blue pills,” convincing him that they were necessary vitamins after long days of intense training. In 1986, Krieger won her first gold in women’s shot put at the European Athletics Championship in Stuttgart. In 1989, the Berlin wall came down and the Cold War had ended; yet Krieger was still a high-performance athlete. However, two years later, Krieger was forced to retire his 2athletic career due to the damaging effects of the drugs on her body; she could no longer handle the stress that was put on her body. Finally, in 1995, after dealing with an inner identity struggle for years, a friend identified her struggle to be trans-sexuality. In 1998, Krieger went ahead and put this identity crisis to rest by undergoing a sex change surgery to officially become Andreas Krieger. This decision was a process that took three years and saved his life as well. In the year 2000, the people responsible for putting Krieger (among other athletes) through this struggle were put to trial in an attempt at justice. Krieger attended the trial and found out that he was a victim of this doping for years and was in the process bewildered by what the people he trusted had done to him. He meets Ute at this time, who underwent the same circumstances and struggles. In 2002, Krieger marries her, proclaiming, “I feel like I won the jackpot. I am so blessed.” (Andreas Krieger Heidi’s Farthest Throw). Upon finding out what his coaches did to him when he was an athlete, Krieger was outraged and very upset. The physical stresses were a lot to deal with, leaving him with problems he still faces today. According to the New York Times, “As Krieger sees it, no amount of money could restore his health, which he considers harmed by steroid use and secondary effects. He experiences such intense discomfort in his hips and thighs, from lifting massive amounts of weight while on performance-enhancing drugs, that he can no longer sleep on his side” (Longman). Other than the physical problems Krieger deals with, “the taking of pills and injections of anabolic steroids created virile features and heightened confusion about an already uncertain sexual identity” (Longman). Today, Krieger has come to understand that it is easier to accept Heidi than to neglect her. He still does not regret the statement he made in court, saying “they killed Heidi,” as he pointed to the picture of his old self, because he wanted to get his point across to the judges of what exactly they did to him and what he had suffered. “Andreas Krieger and his wife Ute Krause, victims of the GDR system, were unwitting dopers who still bear the mental and physical scars” (Brown). Krieger works as a deliveryman now, where the physical stresses put on his body early on in life still effect him. It’s a struggle for him to carry all the packages he has to. The struggles he endured caused him to almost commit suicide if it weren’t for his dog at the time, who kept nudging him to take him on walk. Ute dealt with a similar struggle. Hers unfortunately led to bulimia, among other health and mental issues. Krieger and his wife both believed that what the government had done did not benefit anyone, and that the athlete was the one who had to pay for it. “The question is, what kind of sport do you want to see?” Krieger says. “The type where there are the normal ups-and-downs, with tears and the rest? Or do you want to see a freak show, where it is all a pure fake?” (Brown). Today, Krieger, his wife Ute, and their dog live together, helping them get through the struggles of their daily lives and the memories of their past. “We keep each other up. What else are you married for?” Krieger says in his interview with Telegraph. Performance-enhancing drugs are heavily regulated today in most countries due to problems like these, and especially after the efforts of the brave athletes who dared to speak up and fight for their rights


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