Race of the Century

Ben Johnson, Drugs & the Quest for Gold

46:00 documentary (French version available)
Gold medal winner, 2005 New York Festival

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It was over in a mere 9.79 seconds, but that’s all it took to make Ben Johnson the “fastest man on earth.” That is, until two days later when the world learned he had tested positive for steroids. It was the moment that changed the sport of track and field, and the way we view our Olympic sports heroes forever. With the perspective of fifteen years passed, this hard-hitting investigative documentary examines the facts, rumors, accusations and conspiracy theories behind the steroid scandal that rocked the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and forever changed our collective understanding of steroid use in the high-octane, media-driven world of international sports competition.

Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland.

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English Version PDF

Discovery Channel Canada

eONE Entertainment

Key Creative
• Director: Shel Piercy
• Producers: Shel Piercy, Ken Craw
• Writer: Ken Craw
• Executive producers: Dan Carriere, Jill Fairclough
• Editor: Allan Pinvidic
• Original Music: Ed Henderson
• Director of Photography: Bruce Clark, 
Robert Fresco

Race of the Century: Ben Johnson, Drugs & the Quest for Gold – An Infinity Films production. Produced in association with CTV and in association with Discovery Channel Canada. Produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program and CTF: Licence Fee Program. Produced with the financial participation of Rogers Documentary Fund, and with the participation of the CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund. Also produced in association with CANAL D owned by Astral Media; the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive B.C.; and, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program. Developed with the participation of British Columbia Film Television and Film Financing Program. Distributed by eONE Entertainment