Here is another version about the beginning of injectable performance enhancing drugs, better known as steroids now. The year was 1954 and the World Weightlifting Championship was going on. Dr. John Ziegler was accompanying the US weightlifting team to Vienna as the team doctor. Soviet athletes were dominating the events that year and they had already broken many world records.
As a doctor, Ziegler's curiosity was aroused as to what could be responsible for their performance. According to anecdotes, he invited the doctor of the Soviet team to a bar for some drinks. The Soviet doctor told him that his athletes were using testosterone injections in their training programs.
When the Americans returned, they made efforts to develop synthetic performance enhancers. It is said that initially Ziegler injected himself, the trainer, and three weightlifters with testosterone. All of them gained strength and weight, but side effects were also noted. Ziegler started looking for a drug that would give the same performance but without any side effects. This is how he found methandrostenolone, an anabolic steroid.