When an entire group of Finnish skiers tested positive for doping in the Lahti World Championships of 2001, it revealed the systematic and long-term history of the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.

SINIVALKOINEN VALHE
DIRECTOR: ARTO HALONEN
FINLAND, 2012
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When an entire group of Finnish skiers tested positive for doping in the Lahti World Championships of 2001, it revealed the systematic and long-term history of the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. The event also disclosed the hypocrisy of a community that demands heroes and needs to create champions – at any cost. The means by which these heroes are manufactured is hidden from the general public, and indeed the public isn't even interested in the details.
The documentary When Heroes Lie depicts the history of doping all the way from the 70's until the current age. We follow the dramatic turns of the World Championships in Lahti 2001, and the trial of the Finnish news agency STT, which started in 1998.