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I'm trying to find a book that was set years in the future about a competition like the olympics, where it was allowed and even ecouraged for competitors to take one specific drug. The only catch was the drug was basically a poison and the government or whoever ran the games were the only people who had the antidote and they only gave the antidote to the winners. It was centered around a woman who initially refused to take the drug and was doing well in the competition, but evetually she had no choice and took the drug. I can't remember the name or who wrote it or how it ended.

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The book you're describing is Achilles' Choice, by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.

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Yup that's it! Thanks :) – Alex Jan 17 '13 at 21:32
Good, glad I could help. Enjoy the read! – SaintWacko Jan 17 '13 at 21:47

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