Sandy Springs, Ga. -- Back in the 1990s, Shannon Greenhill trained on the same US national cycling team as two men who would go on to ride with Lance Armstrong. She was close friends with a third. So when she read the extensive report where they were part of the 11 former teammates who admitted to a long-running scheme to cheat the sport and its regulators, she was catching up with old friends.
"To think of them climbing up those mountains with the substances that were pumping through their veins, it's inhuman," Greenhill said. "The thought of bags of blood being shipped across the Atlantic is just disgusting to me."
Greenhill is now a massage therapist with Apogee 18 in Sandy Springs, a business she founded which caters to current and former athletes. She even had Armstrong on her table at two years ago. But there was a time when she considered following her teammates to the next level in cycling-the European circuit. She said she knew that decision often came with another one-the choice to use performance enhancing drugs.
"You just knew that the culture of cycling over there was so much different than it is here, and in order to compete at that level it was a decision you were going to have to face, man or woman," Greenhill said.
Greenhill said she decided against it, and stayed in the United States. She lost track of her friends when they moved on. They've now admitted their roles in the doping scandal, and gone on to found and join a drug-free team. Greenhill is happy she kept her body-and her conscience-clean.
"I respect them for coming forward," Greenhill said of her former teammates. "Living a lie like that it must have been eating them up for years."