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Former Pro Cyclist Mark Whitehead Dies

Published July 10, 2011

FRISCO, TX (BRAIN)—Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50.

Details regarding his cause of death weren't available.

USA Cycling announced that Whitehead died while attending the USA Cycling Junior National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

"It was my choice to do it. No one made me do it," Whitehead told a newspaper in 1995 in regards to the doping scandal. "We all chose to do it on our own."

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