Lance Armstrong: His Fall from Grace

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Lance Armstrong: His Fall from Grace Lance Edward Armstrong was idolized; he was the ultimate superhuman, an Ironman. As a child athlete and national triathlon champion, Armstrong was a definite trailblazer. Armstrong won the Tour de France a record setting seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005. In October 2006, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with stage three advanced testicular cancer, yet after extensive surgery and chemotherapy treatments, he beat the cancer and returned to being a professional athlete. In 1997, Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation later renamed Livestrong Foundation. Although he retired from racing in 2005 on a high note, he returned to cycling and other athletic competitions until 2011. In 2011, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with having used illicit performance-enhancing drugs and he was disgracefully disqualified from the Tour de France races and banned from competitive cycling for life. Consequently, this led to the USADA stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France medals in 2012. Although Armstrong persistently denied allegations of doping, even stating he was the most tested athlete in the world and suing accusers of libel, he finally admitted to doping in a television interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey in 2012. Armstrong was a child athlete, an Iron Kids Triathlon winner at the young age of 13 as well as national triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990. Winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times was no easy feat, he was a champion, a legend. Sponsors such as Nike, RadioShack, Anheuser-Busch and Oakley believed in him and made him wealthy. He faced many critics throughout his victory years, and continuously denied every allegation of cheating by doping. His comeback story was inspirational, given a 40% chance of survival after being diagnosed with stage three advanced

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