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Hello Mr Armstrong. I want to interview about my school project for the charity you started. Despite not having cancer, I admire the work you did for LiveStrong. I understand if you do not wish to do this, but I sincerely hope that you decide to.
If you can, please contact me at my email by May 1st. If not, I will regretfully have to try and find another person to interview.
This one comes from Jasmine Groom on Apr 14th, 2014.
I was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 26 nearly the same time you were diagnosed with testicular cancer (I am currently 43). I would like to think I was as fit as you back then - but probably not even close! I was a wanna be cyclist - mostly mountain biking (I played basketball and tennis in high school and hoops in college for a couple years as well so I was a bonified "jock"). I went into my chemotherapy regime like you. I was pissed off I was "sick" - I felt fine and I essentially said, "bring it on, shoot whatever you need to through my veins - I can handle it. This is F-in BS!" Needless to say - you were my hero. And you still are. I am from Nevada City, CA. So when you came to our little mountain town race in 2009, it was huge for me. I was the crazy girl in the middle of the street as you made your victory lap pulling the european jumping maneuver in the street. You rode over and high fived me - and as you spun by my eyes welled with tears. What you symbolize to me is more than anyone will ever know. And more than I can describe - certainly in this tiny post. You are THE MAN and always will be. Let's keep kicking ass!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Posted by caitlin collier on Apr 12th, 2014.
I don't know Lance Armstrong personally so I can't like or dislike him but what happened seems unfair to me.
In a sport where doping is rule he was critisized so strongly like he was the sole responsible for the doping business.Yes,he took performance enhancing drugs,yes he lied but how hypocritical it is for some people to act as if pros don't cheat??
You can't be a world champion without the drugs,period.They even dope in golf!The way I see it the sudden loss of ALL his sponsors in one day is enough damaging and punishing.
Posted by Stephen on Apr 9th, 2014.
First off, I want to say how much I enjoy reading the positive words of encouragement sent your way. I can only hope you enjoy too. My note may not be as eloquent as the others I have read but nonetheless I wanted to write. I will always support you. PERIOD. You lied....ok...but who has not lied?..Who can say they have never lied?...no one can say that. All the murderers, rapists, dog killers, etc etc....all of these people are forgiven as if nothing as happened. I remember when all the news came out and how much I defended you to anyone who talked negatively about you. I had a get together with my best friends one night because I wanted their opinion on the "scandal". I respect their opinions very highly. To a man...they each said the same thing.....who cares?....he still rode that bike. Amen. You still rode that bike Lance. You still were and are an inspiration for millions and millions. You still beat cancer and gave hope to so much all over the world. I bought a livestrong bracelet the first day they came out and it has been on my wrist ever since. It never comes off. ever. I will always support you Lance. You are a champion in my eyes.
Thank you for your time
Support provided by Oscar M on Apr 8th, 2014.
I have watched the interest of cycling grow in America through the leadership of guys like you and Greg LeMond. I thank you for that and here is my message to all the excited people about doping and how it relates to cycling.
Peak performance cycling takes devotion, perseverance, organization of training, highly developed bike handling skills, courage and most of all a thirst for life. You notice I did not mention physical attributes. The characteristics I mentioned are really the backbone of it all without those aspects there is no performance and that is what is materialized as a champion. I know a little about beating the odds of physical attributes I am 5'6" and of Filipino ethnicity but was able to be a well respected member of the US Navy Seals for two decades. I used my strengths (intelligence, endurance, and toughness) to make up for size, athletic background, and main stream upbringing. This background reference helps qualify my statement that in my field no amount of doping will make you a great SEAL Therefore in reality the current doping trends are enhancements to physical capabilities but the overall effort and contribution of a person outweighs this doping factor and lends this doping to be somewhat of a placebo. Food for thought.
The history of cycling and specifically Le Tour de France is filled with doping and that is attributed to deaths and the poor health of the competitors. The past competitors used anything to kill pain and lots of amphetimines as with the rest of the industrialized world that ate large amounts of hydrogenated oil and smoked cigarettes like no tomorrow. These past dopers were viewed as very unhealthy from the results of their doping. Has anyone examined the health of the athletes that have used drugs such as EPO? Is there a study? I would bet that the overall health of these individuals would point to a picture of health relatively speaking that is any one who consitently spends hours on a bicycle knows that is not true health is a risk worth taking for the glory of the sport of cycling no more no less. The original spirit of the law is to prevent from becoming a speed freak. If the originators came across one of today's "doped" physical specimens maybe they would have a different view?
Also artificially induced altitude to help develop EPO is legal. What is the end physiological difference of altitude and biochemically induced?
I know the horrible effects of steroids, the lure of speed, hallucinagenics and all the horrible things that other illicit drug use does, but what about possibly a substance that enhances your health under stress? Lastly does EPO help cyclist negotiate hours of pain when on the aerobic threshold, pain during oxygen debt of a string of hard efforts such as breakaways and sprints.
In the future as main stream societies understanding of human performance becomes more proliferated they will come to see this time as a witch hunt of days past in the dark ages. Until then only those at the top of human performance understand that it is not just body it is mostly spirit that drives day to day perseverance of focused effort. This is my observation of a person like Lance Armstrong.
Support provided by Syril Galindo on Apr 6th, 2014.
you are a great champion in my heart.you will be always the best for me.
i am Patrick from Mauritius
i would like to have a cycling combination from you as i am an amateur cycling
i am your fans
thanks in advance
This one comes from Patrick Trompeuse on Mar 17th, 2014.
My name´s Celi. I´m 13 and I live in Czech Republic. I do mountain bike racing, road cycling and cyclocross. You are my idol and I admire you.
Especially, because you survived cancer, but you are my hero, because you have won Tour de France 7 times. Everybody can have his own opinion, but it was you, who pedalled
even when, it was rain,snow, frost or hot. When everyone had holiday you rode kilometers .Even if you took doping,you justilly won,because doping used almost everybody
at the time. I love cycling and for me and other many people you will be forever a great sportsman. Maybe you can coach young cyclist one day.
I thank you for everything what you have done for the sport we both love so much.
Support provided by Celi, Czech Republic on Mar 15th, 2014.
This message was contributed by George Pennyworth on Mar 15th, 2014.
Whilst i've never followed your career meticulously, i believe what you did for so many ill people far outweighs any ban the cycling world can ever put on you. I believe what you did for the U.S.A. in terms of the cycling world is also an astonishing achievement. While it is unfortunate that the cycling world today is strongly tied to doping, it is a definite and clear reality. Everyone dopes; from the amateurs to the pros (ive heard stories of young talented riders who could not excel in the competitive sport they loved because of not complying to their local team's doping requirement). With that said i think the ban placed on you is ridiculous. You're the man; keep on doing what you love!
Posted by Andrew Yutsis on Mar 9th, 2014.
Lance, you alone are paying the big price for so many other cyclist. An interesting analogy to mankind if you think about it. Human nature needs a sacrifice. Of course it is not fair and simply does not make logical sense. But you did something really remarkable, so out-of-this-world. History will eventually make you a hero. Live on, live strong!
Support provided by Dave Poole on Mar 8th, 2014.
Hi Lance. Not sure if my earlier message went through. As an immigrant, mother of three kids, lawyer, environmental activist & filmmaker, I can only say : you're the champion. I would have done the same thing.
This message was contributed by Agatha Kenar on Mar 2nd, 2014.
Hi Lance - I don't blame you for a second for doping or denying it. You're clearly a champion despite that extra boost. I just read the sappy article in NY Times by Juliet Macur; give me a break. And yes, get it right about the pool Juliet, not too much to ask.
Support provided by Agatha Kenar on Mar 2nd, 2014.
Just a short one,
To all those who hate people who live their dreams,and do something they love, and live for (0.00001% of us)
Survivor, Fighter, Extremely competitive person, takes no b.s.
He did what ALL of us would do, at the time , and the circumstances.
I loved the documentary, but I was also irritated at the number of very subjective commentarys, like " not only can I beat this disease, I can be better than I was.......being the hero, and the reality of it.....". YES, you can be better than you were, but you can have much more better life after you beat cancer!!! Am I a liar too by saying that??? Tour de France: 10% better than all of competitors..? Come on, they were ALL 10% doped, and still, he crushed them cause he is 110% naturally more better and DRIVEN than all of them together, who also drove "under the influence", like he addmited he did,(they DIDN'T). But why didn't someone else win..?
This is for ALL those hypocrates out there who have no lives of their own, and have nothing better to do than to protest and burn and try to destroy Lance's accomplishments and life.
One TINY figure of about 500,000,000$, that Lance raised ON HIS OWN INICIATIVE, for cancer fight, if he's so "evil", and "bad", he could have leave it ALL for himself, you selfrighteous haters.
To my Hero, " I'ts Better To Burn Out, Than To Fade Away"
Great support from Croatia
Posted by Petar Novak on Mar 2nd, 2014.
I'm on Team Armstrong. I loved watching you bike and to date still do. That's all I have to say.
This one comes from Elizabeth on Feb 23rd, 2014.
I'm not a pro cycler [I ride my Trec road bike when it's not snowing in Chicago on weekends only] but I have been a competitive amateur athlete . For those who think it's easy to win any competition by taking any performance enhancing drugs, let me say this. Go ahead and do it, and see where you place. I can guarantee, that unless you were in the top 10% it wont matter in the least bit. What you did to draw attention to cancer and why the Us population is a chemistry experiment for the oil companies who are pumping hydrocarbons into our air. I, nor a billion other people couldn't hang with you. Having had that comparative spirit, I don't think that is why you did it [used performance enhancing synthetics]. I believe you sincerely did what you did to draw attention to cancer and why it occurs. My best friend died in Iraq after the 2003 invasion from cancer. I will always miss him. The US Army motto has always been and always will be "if your not cheating you're not trying, and if you go caught cheating, you weren't trying hard enough". I'm not calling what you did cheating. I think you were doing what you needed to do to draw attention to a disease.
As a Army veteran I salute you and wish you the best in all your endeavors.
God Bless you Lance Armstrong.
Posted by Peter Kuczynski on Feb 21st, 2014.
People can bag you and doubt you as much as they like. You could dope the whole field and get the same result. Test everyone. I guarentee you would still win... Your doctor was amazing. Helping you achieve all you can be safely and effectively. Good on you. They make it sound like we all hate you.. Quite the opposite. You will always be the guy who won 7 to me. Dope or not. Winning is winning. You have to have the mental strength and the courage to start with. this is the difference between winners and loosers. Your a winner. Don't ever doubt yourself. You have made history and you are part of history. And there are many of us who admire that. Keep riding. the best feeling in the world is pushing yourself past the point you think you can survive. Rules, Regulations or not at the end of the day there is you and your pain. They can never take that away. so go ride, feel the burn and live a life that most people can only dream of.
This one comes from Esther on Feb 18th, 2014.
Lance armstrong arise your victory is nigh in Lord Jesus Christ of nazareth and if it was me i'll do the samething that caused any matter in your life .
53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
This one comes from Joel on Feb 12th, 2014.
Lance, tu restes l'un des plus grand sportif de tous les temps !!!! Un exemple de courage et de volonté !
De la part de Laurent from France.
Support provided by Laurent COPPOLA on Feb 5th, 2014.
Happy New Year 2014 and all the best to you, Lance!
I REALLY MISS LANCE ARMSTRONG RIDING AND RUNINIG . THIS DAYS YOU DONT HAVE NO BODY THAT CAN GIVE YOU THE POWER TO GO OUT SIDE AND TRAIN HARD!! LETS BACK TO THE DAY THAT LANCE WAS OUT THERE TRAINING HARD AND GIVE ALL OF US THE POWER TO DO THE HARDEST WE CAN DO.
LIVE STRONG FOR EVER!!!.
This one comes from TOMER on Jan 20th, 2014.
Two days ago I was sitting in my chiropractor's waiting room casually watching a promotional slide show on the wall. Suddenly there is a still shot of Lance on a bike, yellow jersey, smiling, arms raised in victory. This was in a photo series of top athletes who have been helped by chiropractic. Lance's quote was like: Of the many people needed on the bikers' team, the chiropractor was maybe the most important. I'm glad the organization of chiropractors left Lance up there to speak for them I think the world will go back to leaving Lance up there in the pantheon of athletic stars where he once was and always belongs.
Also, about a month ago, in the streets of New York, I saw a young man wearing a Live Strong sweatshirt.
This message was contributed by Jane on Jan 8th, 2014.
I am a three-time cancer survivor. Aside and apart from the cycling world, you were a huge help and encouragement to me in dark and desperate times. The courage and determination you showed in the face of formidable odds can not be eradicated. You did so much more than just survive. You Prevailed. You Won.. And in winning this truly difficult competition, you became a beacon for those who get thrown into that same difficult competition. You helped light the way. So many of us needed that light.Thank you.
It is probable that people who have not fought for life will never understand that no matter what happened on any peloton anywhere, in any race, at any venue, what you showed us about how to survive is not diminished in the least. I hope you can meet "the process" as you call it with the same courage and determination. I'm betting you will. With warmest wishes for peace and happiness for you and your family, Gail Davidson
Posted by Gail D Davidson on Dec 30th, 2013.
Lance, love, blessings, cheers, health, joy - for the holidays and into 2014. By your side and wishing you well.
Support provided by Jane on Dec 24th, 2013.
Lance Armstrong, your charges for doping are irrelevant to history, and your titles will never really be stripped. Everybody knows what you did, and even if every other cyclist was tested and proven that they were not doping, which would be a a highly-unlikely outcome, your name is sealed in history as the greatest cyclist to have ever lived. Your contribution to the world transcends petty judgments and opinions, and praise to you for your self-confidence to tell your own secrets in spite of how you knew that people would react.
this new movie about lance, in theaters now nov 2013, shows what a true hero he is .
while competing in a corrupt system he did what he had to do to not be at a disadvantage.
On a level playing field, all things being equal, Lance would still kick ass.
Rock on Lance
Support provided by scott R on Dec 12th, 2013.
I have lied before. We all have. And when you lie once, the next lie covers the first and so on....
The rest of the lies are just to cover the first one. What you have done is no different to what many of us have done,just not in the public eye.
I am sure when you denied doping the very first time, you never knew the scale of what your career would become. With hindsight i know you would have done things differently. We can so easily get caught up in a whirlwind.
I hope to be forgiven for my lies and see no reason why you cannot be forgiven for the same thing.
The lies do not change your efforts to grow livestrong, nor the hard work you put into your career.
I hope you can purge the negative from your life and continue to you use your talents and personality to leave a positive wake behind you.
You have made mistakes but can still write the last pages of your story!
Posted by Jody on Dec 5th, 2013.
I think you are the greatest man to ever walk the earth. I don't care what they say about you I have always believed in you and will love you forever.
Your No.1 Fan,
P.S. If you ever come back to Australia we should totally hang out.
Support provided by Dave Quayle on Dec 4th, 2013.
I just got my custom "I Still Like Lance" bumper sticker, put on my back window, and did my daily cruise down Mopac Expressway. I don't normally do bumper stickers, but this is a pure statement of feeling that I want to express - on the expressway, hoping others will notice, and think about what a dude Lance Armstrong is!
Posted by mobiledan on Dec 3rd, 2013.
No matter what you did to get there and how you won, the most important thing is that you inspired and had a positive impact on thousands of lives. Thats the greatest accomplishment that anyone can acheive. You are a true hero, drugs or not. Keep on riding, Lance.
Support provided by Will Stewart on Nov 27th, 2013.
We all make mistakes and it's so unfortunate you have to live yours over and over again. The Mattie family and so many others don't judge you. God Bless. No one deserves this treatment.
Posted by Carmella Mattie on Nov 21st, 2013.
go lance go
This message was contributed by jan on Nov 13th, 2013.
Hey Lance --
I have always considered you one of my personal heroes, both for your unending cancer fight and for your incredible abilities on the bicycle.There will never be a cyclist quite like you, I'm pretty sure of that. It's unfortunate that you now find yourself embroiled in the PED controversy. I understand the evolution of the sport and how times change. Like you have said however, it does nobody any good to exhume the past 15 years ago, and it's wholly unfair to single you out as the evil villain that you have been made out to be in the public eye. I for one will always support you and look to you for your strength, your perseverance, and your dedication to sport and to life. Count me in your corner always.
Bruce W. Hoylman
Support provided by Bruce W. Hoylman on Nov 11th, 2013.
Hey LANCE!!!!!! Assuming that ALL the top cyclists took performance drugs, you won,so it came down to physical and mental toughness, technology etc.
Assuming that ALL the top cyclists did not take any performance drugs, it would still come down to physical and mental toughness, technology etc. You'd win. The bar was just raised that's all.
This one comes from Sheldon Seeharack on Oct 31st, 2013.
You are and always will be an inspiration. The good you've done in the world won't be overshadowed.
Posted by Aaron on Oct 26th, 2013.
Lance you still are the best cyclist on the planet..the top competitors ,as much as they like to pretend there not, ARE on a level playing field and the best are still the best..Dont let the haters bring you down. no matter what no human could do what you did or they would have..you are the greatest cyclist to have lived and have done more for cancer reserch then the haters could dream of doing
Support provided by matt on Oct 21st, 2013.
Lance, they're just jealous of your achievements. Let anyone anywhere in the world take anything they want and see who can win the Tour once let alone seven times. You're still my hero.
Support provided by Avroy Shlain on Oct 20th, 2013.
You're no perfect man , so what . There was only one . Ride Lance Ride . Pay your respects to those you know you should. Live for your family. There but for the grace of God go I. Livestrong my brother.
This one comes from Leo Pfaehler on Oct 16th, 2013.
Lance Forever, Ride on.
Posted by jane on Oct 12th, 2013.
Lance, I need to say something. You're my hero. You inspire me to train harder and go faster than I ever thought I could. You'll always be my hero, my inspiration, and I hope you know how much you've done for the world, and most important to me, cycling. Keep riding hard Lance. You're the best cyclist of all time. Don't forget it buddy.
This message was contributed by David Brake on Oct 9th, 2013.
Keep the high spirit Lance! None of those people that pursue you today will be remembered in 50 years time, but you will be my friend. Good luck!!!
Posted by Eduardo on Oct 2nd, 2013.
The media loves to create heroes almost as much as it loves to tear them down.
Hang in there Lance. You're one of the great ones. Wish you the very best. God bless you.
Posted by Jim Byrnes on Sep 29th, 2013.
Honestly, with only one testicle, I cannot fathom how you did what you did, doping or not. As a med student it makes no sense to NOT take 'performance enhancing drugs' after you had been pumping TOXIC CHEMICALS into yourself to help you overcome cancer. USADA members have never laid in hospital bed contemplating wether or not brain mets are going to be the end of them. Frankly, they should put a clause that cancer survivors should be allowed to take whatever the hell they want! You will always be my hero whatever they say.
This one comes from Avinash Nayar on Sep 24th, 2013.
Lance, for me you are the 7 times winner of TdF and nothing can change this. I would never dare to condemn you or any other athlete. You are modern times gladiators sacrificing best years of your lives so that we can watch you riding, running, swimming. You are a hero, not an idol, you make mistakes just as much as I do. But who on earth thinks that doping is a "Mistake"! You are inspiration for athletes and also for all ill people, you are a hope that it is possible to win. Good job and keep riding.
Posted by David Granat on Sep 13th, 2013.
Dear Lance, Everyone has made mistakes in their life and have done things they are not proud of. Its kind of like what Jesus said that Ye be without sin cast the first stone. You are such an inspiration to so many people. You were down with numerous cancers and dying yetfound the inner strength to fight and get strong and be an incredible athlete. That gives hope to other people with cancer that they can dig downdeep and overcome their illness. You also have done so much good for cancer research. In addition, I know you supported your ex girlfriend Cheryl Crow when she found out she had breast cancer. Yall had already broken up but you were there for her and supported her emotionally. That is a testament to your character. You have overcome a lot Lance and you are an incredible athlete and give hope to people battling cancer. I support you. Sincerely Karen
This message was contributed by Karen Sa vage on Sep 7th, 2013.
You are still the seven time champ to me! LIVE STRONG!
Support provided by Evan Tripp on Aug 29th, 2013.
Look at it this way. What was he gonna do? Ride Tours de France forever? Seems that would get a bit tedious. Round and round and round and round for eternity. Hell on the knees, not to mention all the accidents. That highly vaunted sport clearly has its limitations. So now he can switch up his life. See the USA, etc. Big deal, a little dent in the wallet from all the bloodsuckers. But he has a lot going on. Doesn't he own a bike shop in Texas? By now he's probably seeing the bright side, the rest of his life to just enjoy. God bless, Champ!
This message was contributed by Jane on Aug 7th, 2013.
Lance.......the best but become a victum of his time. Shame they make so worse for him while other sport people make the same. We are even not talking about the past........
This message was contributed by Jan holleman on Aug 6th, 2013.
The common man perceives performance enhancing drugs , like one of Merlin's magic Elixers, capable of performing grand miracles. In truth, drugs themselves, will not spontaneously turn anyone into a champion (let alone a cancer survivor, a champion, 7 times in a row). It is also important to realize, and admit, that doping is widespread among the top competitors, and this fact tends to nullify the notion that doping is a form of 'cheating' (at least, as typically implied). And with that considered, if one wishes to uphold that doping a form of cheating, than one must uphold that cartoned milk, exercise machines , and vitamins, are all forms of 'cheating'.
His exhaustive persecution, will not change that fact that the man is an amazing athlete, who deserves to become a legend.
This one comes from ztech on Jul 29th, 2013.
I stole a day off work today and just got back from a 138km ride.I want to thank you for introducing me to the sport, I was an aerobically addicted distance runner,I found the sport compatible with a devastating knee injury. I've been at it 15 years know and thrive on it. I watched the TdF this year and was amazed how Froome won the thing with the same strategy you used ( TT, climbing,teamwork). I was also amazed how diminished the coverage was without being able to mention it, especially while trying to glorify/recoup other offenders. You, not the French, introduced me to their culture( food, language commerce, wonderful geography, history). Over the years now, I have also come to appreciate every kilometer of those beautiful roads we have ridden on( mine much slower than yours no doubt). Sadly, I think the Tour has lost much of it's history in a period you were clearly competing on a level training field. Although I detest drugs in sports because it disallows historical comparison of athletes,the organizers must deal with offenders equally or they are offensive.
Lance, you are a young man, we've all corrected our mistakes, and I for one am waiting to follow the next great chapter of your championship characteristic. That is your pursuit of excellence. Merci!
This message was contributed by Keith Young, M.D. on Jul 26th, 2013.
Lance it's never been about the bike I mett you 10 years ago, I'm a life coach I have assisted thousands of people attain their goals throughout the years. What amazed me about you was not the feats on the bike the inspiration you gave to millions of people, hope for a better tomorrow. When you rode the tour and won all those championships no one can take that feeling of winning from you. I'm amazed when people that have never played any kind of sports or know what its like to win or lose or feel that magical euphoria of winning, think they can strip and athlete of his accomplishments just by laws or words, I feel sorry for them. Lance drugs or no drugs you still pedal your bike into the hearts of millions. Thank you for being the people's champion. God bless your next endeavor. Your #1 fan.
despite the doping scandal for me you are a phenomenal and extraordinary sportsman, inspiring and admirable.........
All the best to you and your family.
This message was contributed by Ivona Holzer on Jul 18th, 2013.
I just turned 50 this year and chose cycling as my "Mid-Life" crisis focus. I watched all of your Tour wins and will continue to watch you win forever. Thank You for all that you stand for and God Speed.
Posted by Chris Ducker on Jul 17th, 2013.
You rock Lance. I'm sorry about all of this crap, and you being made an example of. You were and are the best! Keep your chin up.
This message was contributed by Mike on Jul 17th, 2013.
And don't forget how they stripped the World Heavyweight Champion Mohammed Ali of his title for having the nerve to protest the Vietnam war in 1967. I have no doubt, like Ali, History will redeem you.
Support provided by Jane on Jul 9th, 2013.
We can't wait for you to come back to Ragbrai! You are still our hero, and you'll have more fun in Iowa than you may ever had on a bike anywhere this year. We love you and just want you to have what we have- lots of corn, beer, pie, friends, and laughter!! The quote applies here, " is this heaven? No, it's Iowa! See you out there. Susie scot for Team MSH. :)
This one comes from Susie Scott on Jul 8th, 2013.
Lance- I have followed your career since you were a Triathlete, mowing down the best riders in the sport at the ripe old age of 15, winning the world championship on treacherous roads through your battle with cancer, and your PR battles up to this very day. You still are a tremendous inspiration to me and though I am recovering from being broadsided by a car on my TT bike, I will ride as long as time allows.
How does the USADA have standing/jurisdiction to strip you of tour victories acquired in Europe? How is it that others on the podium and in the peloton were caught doping but have gotten a mere slap on the wrist? You did for cycling what Tiger Woods did for golfing, if not more, made a lot of people a lot of money and now they are all staring at their shoes, and shrugging their shoes like ten year olds.
The pressure on pro cyclists is indescribable, and the entire peloton does what they have to do to live up to the necessary standards. You are a champion and in fact won those Yellow jerseys on a level playing field.
Have the courses for the majors, especially the tour become more difficult/dangerous over the past twenty years, demanding higher performance levels, thus demanding behaviors they now condemn? The hypocracy is ludicrous.
Even though you confessed, the emperical evidence is just not there.
Alll my best to you and your family, I still support you as do millions of others. Keep your chin up and expose the true hypocrites like Landis and the USADA!
This message was contributed by Walter Claiborne on Jul 5th, 2013.
I will always stand behind you and support you, Lance. You accomplished more than anyone in history after an illness that would have killed most people. You were better than anyone, and the self-righteous slime who set out to get you are mere insects, while you are a Giant, and you will always remain so. I hope you keep inspiring everyone like me, who took up cycling 2 years ago at age 64 to get healthy, which I have done, and now am 50 pounds lighter. Not only that but I love cycling and do about 125 miles a week and hope to keep cycling forever. I hope to meet you someday. God Bless you and keep up your good work any way that you can.
Support provided by Joseph Poley on Jul 3rd, 2013.
I am still a fan. It seems ridiculous that millions and millions of taxpayer money and the FBI were used to prove that a single American, about a decade ago, in a bike race in France, used banned drugs in the off-season, in a race where *ALL* of the competition has already been busted for drugs. The ONLY people who might benefit from this will be the corporate sponsors who may now try to sue Lance (as if they didn't get their money's worth during that time -- Yeah, right, what a joke!). AND an otherwise GREAT foundation will suffer as a result.
Note that basically ALL of the other people who have been busted have had *little or no* consequences -- and many of them are STILL riding in the tour.
Honestly, this is ridiculous and a complete waste. Floyd Landis is a total blackmailing chump, by the way.
Hope things start going better for you!!!
Posted by Geoff F. on Jul 3rd, 2013.
Very glad Lance is riding RAGBRAI this year. Iowa welcomes you!
A high point of my RAGBRAI 2007 ride was hearing Lance talk in Newton. Then it was off the chart the next day when I was stopped for some pork chop fuel, and Lance stopped in for a quick chat with the famous Mr. Porkchop!
Great job raising millions for cancer research, and on seven Tour de France wins!
This message was contributed by Robb Steinbeck on Jul 2nd, 2013.
My father died of brain cancer after fighting for over a year. He did a triathlon two weeks before he died. He was 63. My mother at 60 was diagnosed with breast cancer but beat it and still runs and rides. We are a family of athletes and fighters and have been Lance fans since the beginning. His story helped us face the darkness and overcome it. I am 25 today and can't imagine life without Lance Armstrong. No matter what I will support Lance until the end. He gave us hope and the strength to believe in ourselves and to fight. Even if all else turn away I will be a fan until the day I die. You are my hero, Lance, and that will never change. I still wear my yellow band with pride. Livestrong forever!
Posted by Sam Williamson on Jun 27th, 2013.
Drugs or no drugs, Lance is a hero, a champion, and an inspiration. Although what he did was not good, he did what he had to and should always be considered a hero.
This message was contributed by Jett on Jun 21st, 2013.
Lance is a legend, my hero and my idol.
Posted by David on Jun 9th, 2013.
I got the tattoo live strong on my chest so I guess you could say I stepped up as the chairman :P no but for real respect to lance I'm only 19 so I don't have a fancy bike or anything but my will power is my curse so keep on that bike everybody!!!
Support provided by Michael Roy Abbott on Jun 6th, 2013.
The government spent tens of millions going after Lance. Wouldn't it of been nice if they spent that money on something like cancer research or feeding the hungry in this nation.
Posted by Jeff P. on May 28th, 2013.
When my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and began her treatments, she found you on TV winning your first TOUR!! The inspiration and strength you gave her during disease is incalculable. I found you through my grandmother, and her and I watched you come back year after year. I fell in love with cycling because of the USPS postal team. I even found that I love riding my bicycle again!! I found strength and courage in myself, by watching you and everything you were able to accomplish. MR. ARMSTRONG, I can never thank you enough for what you did for my grandmother and myself. LIVESTRONG. I always will, wearing my yellow bracelet I might add.
This message was contributed by Matthew on May 25th, 2013.
Lance, it was because of you that I ran a 5k 2 days after my (6th)chemo infusion for lupus nephritis ( kidney disease caused by Lupus). You gave me the motivation to get up off my a**, stop feeling like sh** and sorry for myself. I finished that 5k that day ( my slowest time ever) as sick as a dog form the chemo, but it is something I will never forget as long as I live. Thanks for the motivation and all the years of exciting racing. I have been a fan and will always be a fan.
This one comes from Angelo L. on May 23rd, 2013.
Bravo to Dr. Dewitt Prater. Please deseminate your words wherever they may have influence.
This message was contributed by Jane on May 15th, 2013.
MY CONSIDERED OPINION: What USADA has done to Lance for punishment has gone too far, it's a bludgeoning, and not within ANY standards of how ANY other athelete has been given consequences. They won't even let him complete in swimmming, they pulled him out of a Masters Swim race last month.. Banned for life??? from all sports??? I think that's ridiculous. That's wrong and not in keeping with standards of UCI, WADA, or any anti-doping agency. USADA is waaay out of line, and they are using Lance as a scapegoat for all cyclists that have used performance enhancing drugs. Lance didn't start PEDs in cycling, and he cannot stop PEDs in cycling......that's the job of the governing bodies. USADA says that he should come talk to them.... I don't believe that Lance needs to go in and talk to USADA, because USADA already has all the info on "how it's done" from the other 10 cyclists, who talked to them. The other cyclists were "bought" in a plea bargain, minimal punishment, to save their own own careers, so that USADA could take away Lance's career. Sure, let's crush the guy who has done more for cancer support and research and inspiration, than any individual, and treat him unfairly compared to any.... other.... athelete..... ever. Geeze!
USADA says US Postal team had most "sophisticated plan ever in history", a bit melodramatic and missing facts dispute that.......have they not heard of Festina affair, and Operation Puerto, in cycling? They also were "sophisticated", and had nothing to do with Lance.
Here are examples of USADA giving Lance a bludgeoning, and not fair punishment, compared to all the other confessed or caught cyclists, in America, Europe, or any sport: Levi Leipheimer came in 3rd in Tour de France, with Lance at first place....they didn't take away Levi's jersey. Christian VDV won US championship, during same time period, USADA didn't take away his jersey. Dave Z won US time trial championship, during same time period, USADA didn't take away his jersey. Ivan Basso from Italy, won the Giro d'Italia, using PEDs tested positive, the UCI did not take away his jersey, the governing bodies just gave the usual fair and standard punishment of 2 year suspension. Then Ivan Basso came back to cycling. That's fair. Alberto Contador, who tested positive and won the Tour de France, whist his jersey was taken away, he only served 6 months effective ban from cycling. Then he came back to his cycling career. George Hincapie won the US championship previously, during Lance's time, they did not take away his jersey. The list of cyclists with fair punishment goes on and on. So USADA is waaaaay out of line, complete abuse of power by not keeping with standard consequences to Lance, compared to other atheletes. Has he done it worse than them, maybe, has he done things better than them? Definitely.
Remember the US Constitution? It provides that punishment should fit the crime, no cruel and unusual punishment. That's a very important concept, but USADA doesn't have the internal moral compass to abide by it. Maybe USADA are just hoping that if other atheletes see Lance get drawn and quartered above and beyond the standards of USA and UCI and WADA standards, then all atheletes will suddenly "be good", an intimidation tactic. But the thing is, that doesn't work. Why not just put a bloody horse head under the sheets, like the Godfather, if they want scare tactics. Lance didn't start the culture of performance enhancing drugs, it had been going on for years. For example, years before, Team Barloworld completely folded and dispersed the team, because of PEDs on their team. So did team Rabobank last year. And T-Mobile several years ago. All NOTHING to do with Lance. It was due to THEIR riders, the culture of performance enhancing drugs. But to hear the media, and USADA, you'd think Lance was the cause of all PED issues. And he's not, not by a long shot.
I think Lance needs to be treated fairly, like the 100's of other "caught" cyclists have been over the years..... a standard 2 yr ban. I doubt any other athlete has been suspended for life, from all sports, that's just crazy....that's why I see USADA's treatment as a bludgeoning, inconsistent with world cycling standards, and miscarriage of justice. Lance is on the floor being kicked by anyone walking by,.....I feel sick about that. Enough is enough. Come up with a FAIR consequence. Heck even after Americans Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamiltor served their 2 year ban, they were allow to return to their sport, their cycling career. If teams didn't want them, that's a different issue, and their choice. I really believe that USADA should let Lance swim, let him run, let him be ultramarathoner. Let him serve a fair ban, then let him be. Quit the stoning of him by the masses, remember the Mary Magdalen lesson? It taught that she was about to be unfairly put to death, for "crimes" that eveyone does too. Lance's mistakes on the bike, are really nothing in comparison to the good he has done off the bike. People say "he ruined people's career".....I've studied many of those details, and those cases, the cyclists ruined their own career, they chose to dope too. They weren't tied down, they were adults who made their own choices. They could have walked away. They probably realized the same thing Lance did....you can't win unless you use PEDs, that's the culture. Lance's 7 jerseys couldn't be given to the second or third or fouth, or 20th rider in the tour de France race, because they were all guilty of PEDs use! If that doesn't shine a light on the problem, nothing will. So let's quit blaming Lance for everything, and lighten up. He is still a great man. We all have our light and dark sides.
I thinkg that USADA is example of abuse of power. How are we supposed to trust them in the future when some atheletes get off with minimal punishment, and other's get bludgeoned? Lance is not the problem, he is a symptom of a culture that UCI and WADA, and USADA need to fix. The biological passport testing goes a long way in fixing the problem, an improvement. Crushing a man completely out of any sports, does not fix the problem. Lastly, I think that France ought to be able to decide who wears their yellow jerseys, it's THEIR race, not America's. It's on their soil, not America's. I have never understood that. I don't think America has any role to control another country's sport. There is a serious jurisdiction issue that USADA has overstepped as well. These big races are in EUROPE, not America, and they should be making the decisions. For those people who judge Lance harshly and superiorly, I wonder what they think of the doping in the NFL, Baseball, and other American sports. Suddenly everyone is quiet. American sport atheletes are essentially not tested. Don't talk, don't tell. But hey, let's downtalk the cyclists, who are at least trying to clean up their sport. That is hypocritical. So I think we, America, should go back to the standard of fair is fair, and don't hang one man, for the sins of all the cyclists, and don't hang one man when so many of the other US atheletes are doing the same thing, untested, unadmitted. Enough is enough. Let Lance do his 2 year ban, then come back to his career in sports, at LEAST in swimming, or running, or ultramarathoning. Like everyone else. Fair is fair.
Posted by Sue DeWitt Prater MD on May 14th, 2013.
Awesome blog post. Great.
This message was contributed by digital camera guide on May 13th, 2013.
LEAVE LANCE ALONE
Support provided by ROBERT on May 6th, 2013.
And what about all the overly-beefed, souped-up Mr. Universes? Should they also have their titles stripped? Rewards confiscated? Lance is an innate healer with power to uplift and inspire. What are you haters trying to do? A new edition of the crucifiction? I'm bummed out.
Anyway, I'm walking the "Great Saunter" on Saturday (32 miles around Manhattan Island). My first attempt at age 72. I may finish. Doping on Lance.
This message was contributed by Jane on Apr 30th, 2013.
You're okay. Be at peace. Your courage comforts and inspires me.
This one comes from JoAnn Elizabeth Lockwood on Apr 26th, 2013.
In a world where politicians and the such LIE daily and as a result millions die and generations are left in poverty and misery, to chastise a man, who after all was just riding a bicycle is just plain SICK!!! - what ever he has done....his charity collected more than 500 million usd for cancer...so really in this case, the ends to justify the means...i only wish that there can be more people like Lance!!! and Mr. Armstrong....Pls hold your head up HIGH! screw the idiots of the world who want to avenge their short comings and complexities on you. GOOD JOB !!!!
This one comes from nami on Apr 24th, 2013.
Lance, you have more supporters than you realize. God bless you my brother, we are all here to support you because of the impact you have made on so many lives! Dan Lubers
Posted by Dan Lubers on Apr 23rd, 2013.
Lance you are better than a good person. Lives have been saved, mums,wives,sisters,dads,husbands,brothers because of you LANCE ARMSTRONG and dont forget to remember how good you felt walking into those wards. My wife works in cancer research and your name lives on brother! I grew up in africa, in the bush and there is a species called the " wild dog" weak on there own but ferocious in a pack, like certain media.
This one comes from pete chapman on Apr 23rd, 2013.
I support you and think you have done wonderful things. I don't actually care whether you did or didn't - your actions in a race don't mean nearly as much to me as everything you have done and stood for since! You are a fabulous athlete and a fabulous spokesman for a vast and necessary cause. Thank you for what you have done!
Posted by Catriona on Apr 22nd, 2013.
Have a wonderful day. Just lending my voice to the many. You have inspired me to go beyond my limits, to be brave and to fly - running, hiking, biking, any kind of challenge. Your positive mark on the world can never be erased.
Posted by Jane Alexander on Apr 22nd, 2013.
lance have been your biggest fan since the very beginning of your cycling career back in the early 90's and till this day will continue to support and love you . you have mr. armstrong
you have been the biggest inspiration in my life . and always will be . lance we all make mistakes in life but not all of us are as brave as you to admit to them . lance continue being the awesome man that you are and remember that there are people like myself that will always love and support you no matter what you do . it's sad to see how most people only remeber the bad about a person and not remember all the great things a pesron has accoplished . again lance i will always love and support you no matter what continue being the awesome man that you are, and always remember to livestrong, afterall without you livestrong would not of existed
Support provided by keith on Apr 19th, 2013.
LA, I had never be interested in watching or following a TDF until 1999. I would be certain that is the case for millions of people, and if they deny it they would be lying. You could have just won 7 TDF titles and gone about your buisness but you chose to advocate for cancer survivors. I don't care one bit about your PDF use. For me, it doesn't tarnish one single victory or kind gesture. You are a team player which was evident on the stage (I don't know the year or location) where you, Floyd, Jan and Andreas had broken away and were headed to the finish. You were OBVIOUSLY trying to get Floyd the win but it didn't work out so you took the win for the team. A ego driven racer would not have waited for Jan when he crashed off the mountainside. Too often people are quick to point out flaws and remiss to remember the good traits.
Posted by eric l on Apr 11th, 2013.
Hey Lance you still have plenty of support out there,I hope you've read some of these tributes.YOU will ALLWAYS be the GREATEST CYCLIST ever,you still had to get out there and train hard,you didn't just lay on the couch then get up and do the Tour. You are being singled out because you won 7 times,with or without medals you still WON,besides even more important than the cycling is the LIVESTRONG foundation and all the help and encouragement you have given others,the cycling fed. can't take that from you.Every time I'm unhappy with my cycling time in an event I still say "well I ain't no Lance Armstrong"by the way I was in an event with you-the Desert Princess duathlon in Palm Springs years ago. Take care we all still admire you.
This message was contributed by C.Molohon on Apr 11th, 2013.
I think that lance armstrong is very great although he did take drugs every cyclist in the top ten did too, but lance won so that shows that he is still athletically the best
also he went through a painful cancer also i have to do a assignment for we can make a difference and i choose lance because he has raised over 500 million us dollars for cancer patients and i think that he really does have talet and is a great person who went through cancer i have also read his book its not about the bike and even though he did lie he is still very kind and he probably got forced into taking drugs from his coach or a personal trainer
Support provided by chlolelas on Apr 3rd, 2013.
Lance, thank you so much for being an inspiration to others with cancer. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and we got huge support from your foundation during her treatments. You never claimed to be perfect and you have always given without expecting anything in return. There are a lot of people out there that really appreciate what you have done for others. Thank you Lance.
Posted by Octavio Samayoa on Mar 30th, 2013.
Lance, as a one time and many year expert class Motocross racer, avid jogger and lifelong cyclist, I have looked up to you my whole life. I firmly believe that with your inner strength, ability and determination you could have accomplished it all without any outside advantage. Your incredible ability, and drive has been an inspiration. Those that are not in the high physical demand sports games do not realize that outside chemical advantages can only add but a small percentage to one's ability. You cannot become Superman-plus without already being Superman. You are Superman. Your attention to those in need and cancer research have extraordinarily helped mankind. It took courage and fortitude to come forward and I see this as a virtue not a deficit. You are still my hero!
This one comes from Wayne Feulner on Mar 26th, 2013.
Was running through my PC this morning cleaning up stuff. Ran across the Magnet commercial. Still one of the best commercials ever. Even if the sponsor who made it has left you behind.
It's one of the best because it's about the work it takes to achieve success. Long hours. Lonely hours. Through all kinds of pain. Cancer. Rain. Darkness. Light. Feeling strength from unlikely places. Energized by support you can see. And support you cannot see. And the inspiration to start. From wherever you are. With whatever your assets are. Even if there is no one else on the road.
Support provided by Ken M. on Mar 26th, 2013.
Lance, read your book it's not about the bike...outstanding! Gave the book to a friend when they got a positive cancer diagnosis. My father just got diagnosed with Liver and Stomach cancer. If anyone reading this would forward your Oncologist name to my email address, I'd geatly appreciate it. Kind regards and best wishes.
Posted by Dave Stewart on Mar 24th, 2013.
God Bless You Lance. It really isn't about the bike.
This message was contributed by Millie on Mar 22nd, 2013.
I have followed your life and career for many years. I am a former resident of the State of Texas BTW, which means the opportunity to read, hear and learn about you and your various accomplishments, trials and challenges was vast and widespread. To me, observing anyone who has overcome critical life challenges to continue and succeed in life and then contribute to the greater good of society, leading by an uncompromising determination, such as you, gets at least one "free pass". The world is full of millionaire atheletes, politicians, business men and business women, rock stars and entertainers who contribute absolutely nothing to make the suffering of others more sustainable. Sir, millions of people around the world and here in the United States have the wherewithal to make a real difference and still do not even lift a finger. When I think of the sacrafice you have made to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself and your fellow team mates as well as a sport and several industries ... and even while in the "face of death", even in someone's (your) most disparate moments, surely dark, felt by you while alone with those thoughts and feelings, you Sir, rose above the jaws of tribulation and defeat and refused anything less that an uncompromising measure of success ... trumps anything anyone could accuse you of, including yourself, and including consuming the so-called performance enhancing drugs. Though we will most likely never meet, I stand with you: anytime, anywhere. Carry on.
This one comes from Shawn G Brown on Mar 21st, 2013.
Keep going buddy, and we'll hook up some time soon!
This one comes from Edgar Choade on Mar 20th, 2013.
I don't give a dam who is pointing a finger at who, what you have achieved is remarkable, something that Laurent Fignon remarked on in his book . Not just the sports sucess you have enjoyed, the coming back from cancer but also the hope you have given me when my brother was diagnosed with cancer. He unfortunately didn't win the fight but through your work with Livestrong and your books you helped me to understand and come to terms with it all. I can only say THANKS LANCE for every thing and hope that this small message will help you through these difficult times.
Support provided by David Gibson on Mar 10th, 2013.
I am displaying the Lance support badge on my blog for you. You are such a big inspiration. Live strong, Lance. x
I watched your interview with Opra, and my heart broke for you. I am afraid that you feel that you can't get passed everyting that has transpired, but you couldn't be more wrong. It took a greaat amount of courage to display your faults (we all have them). Your interview had such a profound effect on me, and I have cried for you. I cried for your agony, and I cried because you now have a chance to become the kind of person YOU want to be. Bellieve it or not, that interview was your salvation. Please hold your head high, and recognize the true person you are becoming. You are free now......I just can't tell you how much I admire you.
This message was contributed by Christy Klein on Mar 5th, 2013.
Please take the time to remember that there are others out there that have made mistakes as earth shaking as yours. Continue to move on and do what you can toward the positive. We that have made such mistakes know that we are and are still good people. So Are you. All you can do now is watch what you do in the future and keep selling the good things that occured because of your survival of cancer. If you were to do a public engagement to speak frankly about the things that occured and your reasons for making some decisions I would want to attend or watch it on tv. Maybe that is for off in the future. I stongly suspect that what you used to beat cancer The methods employed were similar to the other things that caused you to excel and it was hard not use them attain success at bicycling. Continue to be open write a book, tell what feel you did right what you did wrong. I'll buy the book.. Take care in everything their all watching now. May god's good grace be on you. Peace and love to you always. Larry
This one comes from Larry on Mar 4th, 2013.
Lance, we support you position, we believe, that you are the greatest bicyclist in the world! We sincerely thank you for the impressive victories.
Vladimir & Svetlana from Rostov-on-Don
This message was contributed by V. Polinsky on Mar 2nd, 2013.
You are still a hero. The foundation you started helps millions of people going through the hardest competition they will ever face. YOU HAVE AND STILL REPRESENT THE SPIRIT OF COURAGE AND UNWAVERING WILL TO WIN. My family and I are going through this battle with three of our group in treatment. My wife,mother and father. I will not let them quit. You and your foundation are a constant source of inspiration. I and my family will always respect and remember your greatist achievments. Strength ,courage and willpower.
Posted by Richard Asbury on Feb 27th, 2013.
You are an inspiration to many.I believe that the way you have led your life,the immense strength and determination that you possess is commendable.You have the
courage to surpass the many storms that you face.You have always emerged a victor in life's battles and no matter who says what I am going to stand by your side forever.You have played an important role in my life.When I hit my rock bottom your books came as a savior and source of power to me.
We are all here to support you !
You are still my hero !
You continue to inspire me !
I will always believe in you !
Keep the faith !
Posted by MEHUL SINGH on Feb 26th, 2013.
Dear Lance i will always stand behind you your still the best for ever
This one comes from loes blom on Feb 24th, 2013.
Sometimes good people make bad decisions. What is important is that you step up and make things right. Looks like you are doing that. Things may seem pretty bad right now, but it is all part of Gods plan. You can handle this - and some how you will be a stronger/better person for it!! Hang tight - there will be light at the end of this tunnel!! You will move on and so will everyone else! Things WILL get better - they ALWAYS do!!
Support provided by Kris on Feb 22nd, 2013.
I'm not a cycling fan, but know of your fame. Have seen the Oprah interview in pieces, and all I can say is thank you. Thank you for doing the right thing. I know some people who are toruting me with lies right now and wish they could do the right thing but they can't . You coming clean has given me hope for humanity. You should be proud. You'll thank yourself later. Anyone who can admit to his failings is a winner despite what the world thinks.
This message was contributed by GT on Feb 22nd, 2013.
Lance your cancer organization has done a lot of good for many people. Unfortunately your personal vendettas have been exposed for what they were. You need to publicly apologize for ruining those peoples lives. I don't think many people care that you doped; we pretty much realize it was pervasive. But your destructive actions against other innocent people must be repented for.
This message was contributed by BH on Feb 22nd, 2013.
Lance, besides all facts and theories that came up after your brave act of adminiting the use of enhancing substances I believe you are the most amazing cyclist ever. I can see lots of people judging you without looking to its own lives and behaviours and the most important think, without seing your contribution to the the sport and to the lives of cancer patients. You still have millions of fans in Brazil and your presence here for a speaking class would be hugely appreciated. I hope God give you the strenght and wisdow to deal with this whole situation and serenety to understand human mind. I will be your support fan here in Brazil. My best regards my friend and good luck. Giuliano.
This one comes from Giuliano (Brazil) on Feb 17th, 2013.