Lance Armstrong: Amateur Cyclist

Lance Armstrong training for the prologue of t...

Lance Armstrong training for the 2010 Tour de France in Rotterdam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s official. Former Olympian and multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will be stripped of the titles he won between 1999 and 2005.

The International Cycling Union just announced that it would not appeal the US Anti-Doping Agency‘s decision to bar Armstrong from cycling for life. This decision was based on a 202-page report of evidence that implicates the former star athlete in one of the most extensive and disturbing doping scandals in sports history.

To this day, and despite witnesses to the contrary, Armstrong continues to deny his role in doping and instead feels he is being targeted because of his fame and extensive achievements.

Give me a small break.

Aside from the mountain of evidence against him, Armstrong needs to realize that people don’t attack their favorite athletes for nothing. If anything, we place these people on pedestals and hope their examples will influence our youth to strive for more and to excel in everything they do.

For years, Armstrong has been a role model for others, especially after fighting and overcoming testicular cancer. And given his devotion to cancer research, this doping situation hurts all the more.

Is it possible for Lance Armstrong to survive all this negative publicity? I believe so, but only if he will “man up” and admit that he did something wrong. There’s nothing worse than an athlete (like Roger Clemens) who denies everything until there is substantial evidence against him and then comes clean.

I don’t know about you, but I respect honesty and would have a much easier time forgiving Armstrong if he would finally take responsibility for his actions. And believe me: it’s only a matter of time before he will have little choice but to do so.

Posted on October 23, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree,he should get a pair.Some example he’s setting.Being a coward is just as bad ” or worse “Than his original mistake.

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