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Years before he made the decision to "go down the slippery slope," and provide performance-enhancing drugs to elite athletes, BALCO founder Victor Conte, a standout triple jumper in high school, made a name for himself as a self-made expert.

"(Starting in 1984), I was doing comprehensive blood testing and nutrition programs for 16 years, Super Bowl champion teams and all sorts of world-class athletes for many years before I made the decision to use 'the Clear,' (aka THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone, a potent anabolic steroid) and these other performance-enhancing drugs," Conte recalled in a recent phone interview with The Japan Times.