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Messi got the same treatment as skitalentet: - Not to improve performance

on Monday told the Norwegian ski federation that two of their biggest skitalenter previously received hormonbehandlinger. In Helene Marie Fossesholms case she needed growth hormones to achieve a normal height.

she is far from alone in idrettshistorien.

The most famous example is Lionel Messi. The man we know today as the world's perhaps the best football player has never been like any other, but at a young age, it was not necessarily fotballtalentet that he got to stand out.

the Family discovered early on that not everything was as it should with the size of the little boy, and found eventually that he had ceased to grow. The boy from Rosario, Argentina was born with a growth hormone disease and needed help to grow, but Newell's - messis is the club would not pay for the costly treatment.

When Barcelona discovered the talent of 13-year-old so, they brought him over to Spain. In the contract, which was written in a papirserviett, signed him with the promise to pay for hormonbehandlingen. It held for Messi and his family, who left Argentina at a young age. The rest is, as it is called, history.

Helene Marie Fossesholm is one of Norway's decidedly largest langrennstalenter. Photo: NTB scanpix Show more Health consequences

People who struggle with this type of vekstproblemer, and do not receive the necessary treatment, the risk of serious consequences for their own health, and may have problems to live a normal life.

It is often a sensitive topic for those who are affected, and Messi has rarely spoken out about the disease he was affected by as a child. In Guillem Balagues biography of stjernespilleren, he told, however, about what he had to through at a young age.

When I was 11 years old they discovered the disease and I had to start on the treatment to grow. Every night, every day through the week, stuck I a needle into the legs of my, and it went on for three years.

I was so small - the smallest of all on the playing field or at school. So it was until I had completed the treatment and started to grow properly, " says Messi in the book.

like the argentinian, it was difficult for Fossesholm and her family to go out with information about her hormone therapy.

It was a difficult assessment, this is highly private information, " says the medical responsible in the Norwegian ski federation, Ola Rønsen to the Newspaper.

- Is there any medical consequences of carrying out the treatment?

- Have no any sporting effect

- I'd rather turn on it, and say that it would have had the medical consequences to not conduct the treatment. This treatment started at a time where it did not have something with sports to do. In Fossesholms case, it was a girl with abnormal growth and in the skeleton in general. Then it could have been health consequences to not carry out the treatment, " says Rønsen.


Part of the reason that they chose to disclose the information was because medietrykket began to be large and to avoid future speculation about doping.

the Preparation that Fossesholm took in the young age stands on the Wada forbudsliste, but the young girl got medical exemption for its use. She was 137,5 cm high when she was 13,5 years, but thanks to the treatment, and she is 151 cm today.

Messi, who finally reached 170 cm, has several times been given the doping allegations directed against him because of hormonbehandlingen he received at a young age, although it is undisputed that he did not use of performance-enhancing reasons. Without it, it is not certain that he would ever switched through on the football field.

Norway's biggest skitalent is only 17 years. Let her drop "the Swedish Johaug" in the world cup!

There have long been rumors that Fossesholm has received a hormone therapy, something she doesn't think much about.

- So clearly, it is not pleasant. I informed the teammates on the juniorlandslaget and for them there was no problem. They support me, and that I appreciate. the

- There is always someone out there in the world who do not want all the people well, " she says to TV2.

Rønsen points out that there is a common treatment, and that several performers have done the same.

There are several cases of this character. In messis is the case that started it probably also early, before he had shown great skill for the football games. There are no athletes who have done this to improve the own performance. The case does not exist, concludes he.

- it Is difficult to get a idrettskarriere without treatment?

I can not speculate, for the exact answer does not exist. There is not enough research on it.

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