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Wednesday's Connector of the Day: Edwin Moses

February 1st, 2010
04:10 PM ET

Edwin Moses is one of the most celebrated athletes in track and field history.

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He won a gold medal during the 1976 and 1984 summer Olympic games for the 400m hurdles and between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 102 consecutive finals.

While the American athlete had a immensely successful athletic career, Moses was also a champion for drug testing and Olympic eligibility.

Moses helped to develop a number of anti-drug policies and in December 1988 he helped to create amateur sports' first random out-of-competition drug testing program.

Moses is also chairman of the reknowned Laureus World Sports  Academy.

Here's your chance to ask this track and field legend your questions.

Do you want to know what he thinks of the Olympic Games today? How does he think drugs are influencing sport? Who are his favorite athletes?

Please post your questions and comments below.


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  1. Bill Davis

    I was a big fan of yours as a kid, and even ran the 400 Hurdles through high school and college, though not remotely as good as you did.

    Why is it that we do not see a long legacy of winning from our Olympic athletes anymore? In your case you were at the top of your sport for well over 10 years. Today's athletes are simply fleeting.

    February 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  2. Yolanda

    What advice would you give to middle school students who currently run hurdles and the 400 in track and want to repreresent the USA in the Olympics in the future (after 2016)?

    February 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  3. Alexander Johnson

    At what age would you recommend a child start training for athletics? and specifically, when should a child start to try hurdles? Please let me know what if any differences might pertain to girls vs boys for the above questions.

    By the way, I was a huge fan. And not until Usain bolt has anyone come close to you in my mind.

    February 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  4. Keira

    A few yrs back, they wanted to strip an Olympic gymnast of her medal b/c she tested positive for common cold meds (I believe it was Sudafed or Robitussin).

    My question is: should there be a distinction in categorizing athletes who test positive for performance enhancing drugs like HGH, etc and 'common' drugs like cold meds??

    I get the punishment may not be the same (if any to those who test positive for common cold meds) but there's still a stigma attached when your name is mentioned as 'testing positive'

    February 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  5. Dimitris

    In the world of sport and doping you are guilty until proven innocent: If you miss a test you are punished as if you were doped, much in contrast with everyday life. A few years ago Ian Thorpe's career was almost finished because he could not have a treatment for a disease because the drugs needed would have made him test positive for steroids. Also there were cases were doping agents were probably potentially added to foods or drinks that "clean" athletes used (e.g. Dieter Baumann and the tainted toothpaste). Do you think that this is something fair for the athletes? Should athletes also be given the benefit of a doubt? What could be done to make things really more fair for everyone and not punish innocent people "just in case they are guilty"?

    February 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  6. Duo

    Mr. Moses,
    I consider you, Carl Lewis, Evelyn Ashford, Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee the greatest Track & Field athletes of all-time. In fact, I think you all belong in the top pantheon of greatest ATHLETES of all-time. All your accomplishments & abilities are right up there with Jordan, Montana, (Jim) Brown and Ali. Thank you for your greatness (sounds corny, I know, but that's how I feel).
    My question is – how has the rest of the world caught up to us in Track & Field? Are they training better, or are our best athletes just going into the "money" sports?
    Thank you.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  7. Christian L

    During your haydays, I felt you could have thrashed (your own) world record on any given day, but you always wanted to keep a card up your sleeves. Would you agree, and what WR time do you envisage you could have clocked on a day everything clicked (I believe your best time stands at 47.02)? By the way, thanks for the great memories!

    February 3, 2010 at 12:02 am | Reply
  8. Bedzrah

    On your recent visit to Ghana, you spoke about the importance of sports in behavioural development of children. Do you think developing countries like Ghana are not paying enough attention to sports as compared to the developed countries?

    February 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  9. Tedunjaye michael

    What's ur secret.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  10. Livinus umeugo

    Mr moses Edwin,i admire your status and position in the world of sport(track and field events) and i want to know what kept you moving to the position you are now.the kind of inspiration,moltivation and goals you set for yourself and the how you made it.you have alot of fans in the world.and am 1 of them.cnn thanks for this opportunity. Livinus from nigeria

    February 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  11. odu chidi samuel

    The most striking thing apart from your medals is the fact that you took part in forming policies against drug usage in sports. Please during your work what drug had the highest prevalence amongst sports men.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  12. Simon Gaycock

    Is Copacobbana really the hottest spot north of Havana?

    February 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  13. Richie D Gould

    Did you ever break wind whilst leaping over a hurdle to throw a opponent off? (This has happened several times in my career).

    February 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  14. Ayodele samson

    Hello moses.my quest.is,since d track is round nd d world is round.what do u do on d track to become a champion?and can it be reciprocated so that the whole world can live nd be in peace nd love.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  15. samuel odu

    Mr moses

    What is the most common drug abused by athletes

    February 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  16. Okpapi Osigbemhe

    Goodevening sir, my question is, "do you think the war against drugs for use in sports can be won?".

    February 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  17. Aminu Musa Gombe

    Why is it there is so much use of drugs in sport now? From soccer to golf, basketball, rugby infact all athletes. From Nigeria

    February 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  18. Uduojie justine

    Hi champ,i wat 2 ask why d atletic federation dont punish users of drug severely as in u test positive,u are banned 4 life. cos d light punishment their get ginger them 2 take more. I loved marion jones but d aftermath was sad.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  19. Prince iwufred

    Do u think ur successes would have been achieved without being a black man?

    February 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  20. Rupayan Bhattacharya

    Except Bolt and Isinbayeva, there is no athlete who is very very popular and familiar face all over the world. Previously we have seen lot of superstars from athletics. many faces were popular then.
    Why the picture is different now? why only two names are popular all over the world?

    February 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  21. Abijah Williams

    What inspired you and what has kept you going?

    February 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  22. Charles

    U're doin wel dude.how do u feel whenever u're on field event?on ur 1st day at international level wat gave u d inspiration?

    February 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  23. Charles

    U're doin wel dude.how do u feel whenever u're on field event.am nt tryin 2 go personal here,does ur celeb career affects ur personal life.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  24. Charles

    U're doin wel dude.am nt tryin 2 go personal here,does ur celeb career affects ur personal life.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  25. Charles

    U've been there.way 2 go

    February 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  26. Wahab wasiu Adewale

    Hi!
    You are a great man in the world of athlethes. Great achievement.
    Can you discuss some of the tips behind your success for the upcoming athlethes like me to sit back to, to improve my standard in world of athletics today???

    February 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  27. Shevie nuga

    What has living as a legend been like.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  28. Anyasi Raymond

    My question is simple. Do you ever feel the temptation to cheat with drugs?

    February 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  29. Jeannie

    Hello Mr. Moses,
    Who do you rate today in the world of track and field?

    February 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  30. azeez

    Between cocaine and steriod which is the
    Most damaging to sport

    February 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  31. mukhtar lawal

    my question is: how can you compare the athletes of your generation with todays athletes. and what is the secrete behind your success

    February 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  32. Adebayo

    I am a young man in my mid-20s who was really interested in having athletics as a career until friends discouraged me and also d situation in the country.
    My question now is.. Having stopped for awhile now,is it possible to regain the fittness.
    Can i be linked 2 a sponsor

    February 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  33. Hezekiah Adeyemi

    Welldone! What inspired you/led you to Athletics and also your foundation?

    February 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  34. connecttheworld.blogs.cnn.com

    Wednesdays connector of the day edwin moses.. He-he-he 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 12:59 am | Reply

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