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Worse Than Being Bald

Zach Lund of the USA, who finished third in the race, on the podium after the FIBT Men's Skeleton World Cup Race on November 17, 2005 in Lake Placid, New York. The first heat of the race was cancelled after heavy snow affected the results, and the frst heat was re-run as as a one heat race according to the draw.
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.



You may not be able to tell on the radio, but, I don't have much hair.

My hair started coming out in clumps while I was in college. Every time I took off my football helmet, a little more hair would go with it.

My lack of hair has never really been an issue with me, though sometimes I've wondered what I'd look like with full head of hair. Somehow I've never really been tempted by hair club or Rogaine or any of the stuff that promises a mane of glory.

So I was saddened this week when I read about U.S. Olympic skeleton racer Zach Lund.

Lund tested positive for using a banned substance — Propetia, it turns out — because the Olympic drug lords view it as a masking agent. Lund is the best in the world at flying down the ice head first — an event hair raising enough as it is.

Too bad he felt like hair would really make a difference in his life because getting banned from the Olympics for using a hair growth hormone is clearly worse than being bald.



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By Harry Smith