Don’t be surprised if Russian athletic officials are upset with CBS tomorrow morning.
Earlier today, “60 Minutes” featured an interview with Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee at the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) who claims that several of Russia’s 2014 Gold Medal winners were doping during the Sochi Olympics.
The episode, titled “Russia’s Dark Secret” (originally aired on May 8, 2016), tells the story of Vitaly and his wife Yuliya Stepanov, a former Russian athlete. In the show, correspondent Armen Keteyian described them as the “unlikely couple who provided the proof that took down their country’s state-sponsored system of doping”.
Over the course of an hour, CBS News wove a complex narrative:
“Yuliya Stepanov was one of Russia’s elite runners, fueled by steroids. Vitaly Stepanov had a low-level job collecting urine and blood samples inside the very agency assigned to combat drug use in sport. Together, they exposed the dark secrets of their country’s doping program… now live in this sparse one-bedroom apartment somewhere in the United States, which we will not reveal for their protection.
…Vitaly says he repeatedly informed his bosses about the corruption, only to be told “What happens in Russia, stays in Russia.” Frustrated, he made a dangerous decision to reach outside Russia, to the World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA… The outrage sparked by what the Stepanovs uncovered finally forced WADA to launch an investigation. Its 300-plus page report detailed what WADA called, quote a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” that reached the highest levels of the Russian government.”