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Two Brothers Debate Latest on Lance Armstrong

ImageOne of my heroes is in the news again–Lance Armstrong.  Though it would be easy to join in the barrage of criticism for Lance, I refuse to partake, and I am guessing there are others like me who feel he deserves better.  After an email exchange that I had with my brother earlier today, I thought our sentiments might be worth sharing.  This sort of revelation has a way of bringing out the full range of emotions in people, and I have experienced many on this topic.  Perhaps you, too, have thought long and hard about the legacy of Lance Armstrong.  If so, then maybe you will take solace in knowing that many others are going through the same at this very moment.  Give this email exchange that I had with my brother a read, and share your own thoughts:
 
Gordy
 
I agree with your frustrations that he may have said too much, though I understand what might have motivated him.  I think his tragic flaw is his hubris–his overbearing sense of pride and self-confidence. He couldn’t stand losing the battle in the court of public opinion. Due to the witch hunt against him, his sponsors had dropped him and his ability to compete against world class athletes had been taken away. If he hadn’t considered fessing up to some degree (I think he is still not telling all), then he would be letting the bastards get him down. He is still young enough to be a superhuman athlete without the dope. Lots of people think he could win the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. He was on track to compete there before the naysayers got their way. Next, I think they are hellbent on proving that Santa Claus doesn’t exist and that the Easter Bunny doesn’t really lay Cadbury eggs. 
 
Truth be told, I take caffeine pills daily to overcome a lack of sleep. Someday, I hope people don’t try to take away everything I have ever accomplished in my life because caffeine enhanced my performance.
 
In the end, when people reflect on Lance’s life and accomplishments, many will still remember him as the guy who almost died from cancer, came back to win 7 consecutive Tour de France titles, and inspired a generation of cancer sufferers and everyday Joe’s to never, ever, give up hope. In addition, Lance inspired Americans–kids and adults alike–to get on a bike and ride it like they had never ridden before, with determination, drive, and heart, if only to imagine for a moment that they, too, could conquer their foes in the Alps, overcoming their opponents on the steepest climbs and displaying awesome feats of superhuman proportion.  Like the legend of Paul Bunyan, Lance Armstrong’s legend will remain intact long after the dust settles on the doping hubbub. Unlike Paul Bunyan, the legend of Lance Armstrong is real. The enormity of his contributions to mankind cannot be erased by his imperfections.  
 
Dan

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On Jan 14, 2013, at 8:42 PM, Gordy <@aol.com> wrote:

Now I think Armstrong is a idiot! Now I’ve lost respect for him! There is no reason in the world he needed to do that! Everyone uses blood doping in cycling, always have. They already stripped him of his official titles, screw everyone! Everyone in the pelaton was doping prior to the race for training or during at some point! No one has ever won without doping enless you go back to the pre medical information days.
           
            Thank you, Gordy
                            
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One Lance Armstrong Fan Painfully Comes to Grips

Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking ...

2002 Tour de France (Image via Wikipedia)

Like many, I have followed Lance Armstrong since he won his first Tour de France title in 1999.  His story was just too compelling–once on the brink of death from rampant cancer, recovered, stronger than ever, beating the best in the world in arguably the most grueling physical endurance test known to man.  Each year he won another Tour de France, the legend of Lance got even richer and more superhuman.  His accomplishments off the bike, namely the establishment of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the LIVESTRONG brand to support the fight against cancer, have made him a role model for people from all walks of life.  Now, as in the past, Lance’s critics seek to expose him as a fraud, and the federal government is investigating him.  Unfortunately, for those like me who hate to consider it, the case is building against him.  Was it all a lie?  No.  He really did almost die from cancer.  He really did beat the best in the world 7 years in a row.  He really did help the fight against cancer.  They cannot take any of that away from him.  Was he using performance enhancing drugs, along with the other front-runners?  Maybe.