Let’s talk about Lance Armstrong’s confirmed admission to doping since everyone else is already talking about it (everyone being ESPN and me).
Honestly, I do not know anything about cycling. I could not name one other professional cyclist if my life depended on it. But I know Lance. Lance is the guy who had testicular cancer spread to his brain and lungs, beat the cancer, then went on to win the Tour de France. He then went on to sell a gazillion yellow rubber bands and raise millions of dollars to fight cancer and show the world that anything is possible.
This morning on Mike & Mike (my morning background noise) they had people call and tweet their thoughts on how this will affect his legacy. Some people called him a lying cheat. Some people chose to focus on the good things he has done. I see where both sides are coming from but I am leaning towards the latter. In 25 years few people will remember that the USPS sponsored Lance Armstrong, but almost everyone will remember why we all wore those wristbands.
I would probably feel different if I spent my career competing against him but I didn’t so I am not worried about that. I am someone that has been personally affected by cancer and totally bought into the fairytale story of a man with stage 3 testicular cancer who beat the odds and came back stronger than ever. I admit that I am pretty biased because he gave hope and honestly, I still want his story to be true.
Do I think doping and lying is wrong? Absolutely. Do I care that he did it? Not really. In my mind, I think what he did at Livestrong is more notable than ‘roiding and riding.
I am glad he is coming clean and I will be watching OWN (for the first time since she started the channel) on Thursday. Hopefully something good can come from this and Livestrong can move on and focus on their mission.
What are your thoughts on the admission?
Is anyone else surprised?
From what I’ve heard the past few years everyone in the sport was well aware of this already.