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Lance Armstrong: Done Fighting

Quit? You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row.

This is a great quote from cyclist Lance Armstrong… from the 2004 comedy, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”.  The cameo was brief, but ultimately Armstrong was credited with the inspirational speech that turned the story around, and Average Joe’s Gym beat GloboGym in the final.

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Whether it’s a silly movie about dodge ball, a compelling tale about beating the odds, or a cancer victim not giving up the good fight, Armstrong has been there as an inspiration.  But as of late, life for the founder of LIVESTRONG is taking a more challenging turn than anything he experienced in his seven Tour de France wins.

Armstrong stripped of accolades by Anti-Doping Association

For years, Armstrong has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs from his contemporaries, and last week the U.S. Anti-Doping Association decided to strip Armstrong of his accolades when he decided not to fight charges, accusing him of doping. In a statement, Armstrong said:

I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsense. (source)

Though he was stripped of his titles, Armstrong remains adamant that he did not use the drugs.  We may never know for sure, but it’s devastating to watch the legacy of an icon get thrown out the window.

Understanding Doping

But what is doping, really?  Merriam-Webster describes it as “the use of a substance (as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (as blood doping) to illegally improve athletic performance”.  It’s cheating, in a nutshell.  It isn’t illegal like recreational that we drug test for, but in the sense that sports arena is a workplace, it’s as unwelcome as cannabis.

It’s our hope that Lance didn’t use any performance-enhancing drugs or participate in doping, but again, we might never know. In the meantime, the alleged use has tarnished his record.  Take it as a warning.  Drugs and cheating can harm you physically, psychologically, and can hurt your reputation, whether they’re for recreational or sporting use. And if Lance Armstrong isn’t immune from suffering the consequences (even of alleged use) – you won’t be either.

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  1. September 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I can understand Lance Armstrong desire to quit fighting. After years and years of fighting accusations and never making headway, I can see how it would be tiring and lead to someone saying “believe what you want.”

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