Downfall of Lance Armstrong
Posted by foodisverydelicious on October 22, 2012
The past two weeks have been buzzing with the shocking surprise involving cycling idol Lance Armstrong. Unfortunately, this superstar athlete has experienced an epic downfall, and consequently has been almost completely stripped of his reputation. Last Monday all seven of the 41-year-old’s Tour de France titles were taken from him as well as nearly $4 million that he earned from winning throughout the years, all because reports revealed he had been “doping” (doing drugs) for quite some time. But wait, the punishment only gets worse. His entire career is greatly affected by this. In fact:
The [Anti-Doping] agency announced it would ban Armstrong from the sport for life and strip him of his results dating from 1998. The decision wiped out 14 years of his career. McQuaid said Monday the cycling union would not appeal USADA’s decision.
Never competing again just because you did drugs, even after overcoming testicular cancer and winning the infamous Tour de France seven years in a row? Sounds pretty harsh. But that’s what happens when an idolized icon lets the world down. Lance Armstrong, similar to Michael Phelps, disappointed millions around the globe, possibly even more so because of the sympathy he had gained during his battle against cancer.
What’s also surprising is that Armstrong never once failed the drug tests throughout the years of competition. However, some of his teammates account for that by explaining that he had ways of beating the tests or avoiding them altogether. He also managed to pass all the random drug tests, leading some to suggest that team officials often knew when they were going to be administered.
Accordingly, many of his sponsors who contributed to his immense wealth have left Armstrong and “Team Lance,” including big ones like Nike, RadioShack, and Anheuser-Busch. The SCA is now trying to get back as much as $12 million from Armstrong for bonuses, winnings, and other expenses.
So how is society viewing this? Well, it will be hard to fully strip him of his athletic glory, but many are sincerely disappointed in him, especially his fellow Austinites. However, federation president Pat McQuaid went a little farther to say that Lance Armstrong “deserves to be forgotten in cycling.” Curiously, Armstrong has always defended himself against accusations of doping via angry tweets, and now, after this fiasco, he has remained “uncharacteristically quiet.”
Before the USADA finding:
Armstrong’s story — that of an outspoken cancer survivor who tamed the grueling three-week race more than any other cyclist before or since — had made him a household name. But allegations of doping long dogged his career.
Now he has no choice but to quit cycling cold-turkey. Though he hasn’t commented directly on the subject, Armstrong has admitted to it being a “very difficult few weeks.” Well I would imagine so! He just lost almost everything he held to his name: his wealth, his pride, his glory, his achievements, and his overall success, and stripped from him in the blink of an eye.
For even more explanation, watch this video. It’s even narrated by someone with a British accent!
Though Lance Armstrong has officially stepped down from being head of his foundation, the foundation itself is still put to good use supporting great causes.
In my opinion, this truly is a shame, because I’ve met Lance Armstrong before (his website did a segment on gymnastics and filmed a segment at the gym where I did gymnastics), and he seemed like an incredible man. Though I am disappointed in him because he was a role model to many athletes and people in general, I can’t say I agree with stripping him of his Tour de France titles; he still worked very hard for those while battling cancer.
But that’s just me. What about you?