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I'm on Team Armstrong. I loved watching you bike and to date still do. That's all I have to say.
Posted by 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.
This one comes from 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 message was contributed by 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.
Posted by 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.
This message was contributed 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!!!.
Posted by 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.
Posted 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
This message was contributed 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!
This message was contributed 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.
This message was contributed 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
This one comes from 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 message was contributed by 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
Posted 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.
This one comes from 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.
Support provided 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!!!
This message was contributed 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.
Support provided 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.
This message was contributed 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
Posted by Karen Sa vage on Sep 7th, 2013.
You are still the seven time champ to me! LIVE STRONG!
Posted 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!
Support provided 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 one comes from 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 message was contributed by 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!
Posted 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.
Support provided 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.
This message was contributed 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.
Support provided 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.
This one comes from 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. :)
Posted by 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!
Support provided 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!!!
Support provided 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!
Posted 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!
Support provided 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.
Support provided 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!!!
This one comes from 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.
This one comes from 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.
Support provided 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.
Posted 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.
Support provided by Sue DeWitt Prater MD on May 14th, 2013.
Awesome blog post. Great.
This one comes from digital camera guide on May 13th, 2013.
LEAVE LANCE ALONE
This message was contributed 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.
Posted by Jane on Apr 30th, 2013.
You're okay. Be at peace. Your courage comforts and inspires me.
Posted by 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 !!!!
Support provided by 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
Support provided 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.
Support provided by 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!
This message was contributed 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
Posted 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.
This message was contributed 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.
Support provided 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
Posted 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.
Support provided 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!
Posted by 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.
Posted 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.
This one comes from Dave Stewart on Mar 24th, 2013.
God Bless You Lance. It really isn't about the bike.
This one comes from 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.
Posted by Shawn G Brown on Mar 21st, 2013.
Keep going buddy, and we'll hook up some time soon!
Posted by 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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 message was contributed by 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
Support provided 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.
Support provided 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 !
This one comes from 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 one comes from 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.
you will always be a hero to millions of people around the world.
This one comes from sean on Feb 16th, 2013.
Lance, you beat cancer and have helped lots of people fight that horrible disease. You are an inspiration, I don't care about de doping thing, no one is perfect, everybody can make a mistake. You are a true hero, I sincerely hope this hard times will pass away soon. Don't pay attention to all the bashing, be sure there are `people who love you and believe in you no matter the other things, LOTS OF LOVE LANCE, YOU ARE AMAZING, BE STRONG!!!!
This message was contributed by Silvana on Feb 13th, 2013.
Please take a few minutes of your time and don't just delete this message.
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I had change the diet and started alternative approach, because convetional medicine can't help me.
And my friend who has also had brain tumor like me was cured with this metod (German New Medicine) on which I want to go. But he had money.
I want to work and earn my own money but I can't. I want to be cured. Life has no price! Until you are healthy you don't know how much health is worth. It's priceless!
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So I don't know on who else can I turn to.
I'm kindly ask you if you can contribute any personal item (i will create auction) or donate any amount on my PayPal account (you find donate button on my web site).
I apologize to you because I stole a few minutes of your time.
This message was contributed by Boris on Feb 13th, 2013.
Drugs or no drugs almost everyone on the pro cycling circuit is doping so what the big deal is, im unsure?
How do the public think it is possible to cycle up the French Alps at the speeds you do? No one would be interested in watching the tour if the cyclists weren't able to ride at the speeds they do with such ease. Still a champion in my eyes
Support provided by Tosh on Feb 12th, 2013.
Dear Lance, I hope this message finds you well. I just want to say that I appreciate all the awareness and money you have raised for cancer research. We have nothing to forgive you because we all make mistakes and we are no one to judge you or anyone else. Keep your head up, keep praying, your family and friends that love you will be there no matter what, just like those of us that believe in cancer research and in helping those fighting cancer will continue to support Livestrong no matter what. God bless you and your family and may you soon have peace from all this media nonsense. We all know what really matters...its family, its friends, its our lives.
Posted by Vanessa Fernandez on Feb 11th, 2013.
We love and support you Lance. You are an amazing athlete and philanthropist. My son and I are bolstered by your courage and fortitude. My husband was tragically killed, and since that time everything continues to go wrong. Sometimes it's difficult for us to go on. You continue to be an inspiration to us in numerous ways. Please ignore the negative comments out there and know that you have a lot of supporting coming your way. God Bless You!
This message was contributed by Kelly on Feb 10th, 2013.
Who doesn't make mistakes? Exactly,everyone does eventually. Mistakes stars have made seem really bad everyone thinks but some of the mistakes are regular person could have made. Going out on Lance is like going out on yourself.
Posted by Nicole on Feb 8th, 2013.
LANCE! F those D bags. Really. All you. You did that. Your hard work did it all. You motivate millions. I am still impressed, as are most of us. Stay strong, stay involved, and keep doing what you do best.
This one comes from Geoffrey Bruder on Feb 8th, 2013.
I honestly don't belive that you have anything to feel regret about. Over the years, I gained much pleasure from watching and thinking about your performances, as well as your determination in your fight with cancer. You and your achievements inspired me to be strong when it was my turn to fight 'The Big C'. I am now 18 months post treatment, and back to my job as a PE and Health teacher. You still remain a great inspiration to me, and I am proud to tell people that I still remain a fan. I hope that one day you are able to make a comeback in the sport that you love. Be strong, and don't let the cynics take away the pride that you have in your past victories. All the best, Champion!
This one comes from Frank Pasqua on Feb 8th, 2013.
What you did was a terrible thing. But I forgive you. May you finally have peace of mind and may God grant you salvation.
Support provided by Carrie on Feb 6th, 2013.
Hey guy sorry about all of your bad luck. The loss of income etc., etc.
I am sure you have already thought about this, but in case if you haven't, then allow me to sujest this to you.
I feel for sure that there is a Hollywood Producer, who would pay you big bucks to make a move about you. Then pay you royalties for years to come.
Start Marketing yourself to the Hollywood crowd.
Posted by Wanga D. Ezell on Feb 5th, 2013.
In many ways we can't imagine what you are going through. Yes you made many mistakes but you still made a big difference in people's life through your work with cancer and people. You can never go back and have to live with what you did, but you have just as much good that you have done in this world. My husband who passed away recently deeply respected you and I will continue that respect. Who around us has not made mistakes. Let the one who is perfect throw the first stone. I hope that you can find your way back into this world and that you will be able to continue some of the work you did.
This one comes from Ru Whitfield on Feb 4th, 2013.
Hi lance,oprah interview was far and away your finest moment,i mean that sincerely. Loved the bravery and courage. The biggest error you can possably make here is to feel as though everything through your life has been in vain. The thing that came through strongest in the interview is that you truely are a world champion,the guy who has the determination to rise above anything and everything. This level of determination is very special and very rare, please don't waste this golden oppurtunity to apply these qualities to all areas of your life and your future. Even though they try to erase what you did,you still achieved these things,you trained harder than the rest,were stronger than the rest. I was in a mental hospital with schzophrenia for over six months and my future looked totally hopeless.This happened in 2001 and now i am the manager of a successful kitchen manufacturing company in australia called timbertop kitchens and have been manager for 4 and a half years. No easy road but remember in the end determination wins the day, you know this better than all of us. The ego is set to take some hits but we are better off without this anyway so it's actually a benificial thing. Please don't waste your amazing character developement and superhuman determination. The world needs you. All those hurtful comments from others is a wonderful oppurtunity to learn to be amazingly forgiving. Not always easy i know,sometimes seems almost impossable, hang in there and chose to love no matter what. In those dark moments we all need the light of spirituality, buddhism is amazing,christianity is amazing although a bit too hard for me to live up to.Hold onto hope, you would make an amazing politician or personal trainer. Take that amazing character that you have earned the hard way and let that shine through. Call out to God for help,he loves you no matter what you believe. I am by no means a buddhist or a christian and never go to church or buddhist temples or anything like that buy i know that reading buddhist books is light years beyond anything therapy or psychology has to offer, the perfect tonic for when the thinking becomes dark and negative. Remember the character you have forged through all those battles you have faced through life. love god king and country and the two most powerful words on the planet, I CAN. Start a new charity, guide people through hard times, going through hard times helps you help others who are in trouble or struggling. It tests and forges our resolve. Don't fear what some people say but fear losing your determination, enthusiasm for life,love for others and resolve in what you want to achieve. When people have a go at you,think not about how to get them back but think of all of those peoples lives that you gave hope to,think of all those people that you helped when everything in their world looked hopeless. Hang onto that through the hard times. Be brave and strong, let the situation develope your forgiveness and resolve. Cheers and remember those powerful two words, I CAN. Yours sincerely,bob.
Support provided by ROBERT MCHARG on Feb 4th, 2013.