Lance Armstrong BIO
Quick Facts About Lance:
- Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971, and was raised by his mother, Linda, in Plano, Texas. His father, Eddie Charles Gunderson, left the family when Lance was just two years old. Lance was later adopted by his future step dad, Terry Keith Armstrong.
- Lance displayed his athletic gifts early after winning the Iron Kids Triathlon at just 13 years of age. He was a professional athlete by the time he was 16 years old.
- In 1996 he was considered the best cyclist in the world and was part of the U.S. Cycling Team in the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.
- The same year, Lance began his legendary battle with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs, abdomen, and brain. Lance claims he owes his current success to his fight against cancer.
- In 1998, Lance returned to cycling, with a vengeance, and after a rough start, re-discovered his passion for competition. After his first victory in 1999, he proceeded to win the Tour de France a record 7 times. His success in the Tour has contributed to both the popularity of the event, and the sport of cycling as a whole.
- Just a few of Lance's prestigious awards include: Associate Press - "Male Athlete of the Year" - a record breaking four times from 2002 to 2005; one of Time Magazines - "100 Most Influential People in 2008."
- Grateful for the love and support he received from the cancer community, Lance felt the need to give something back. As a result, the Lance Armstrong Foundation was formed shortly after his being diagnosed with cancer.
- The creation of the Livestrong Foundation gave Lance the opportunity to spread a global message about fighting cancer and taking control of your health.
- To date, over $325 million for cancer research and patient assistance programs has been raised through his Livestrong Foundation. The sale of over 55 million Livestrong bracelets and his various cycling campaigns have helped to promote cancer awareness. The Foundation's two websites are: Livestrong.org and Livestrong.com.