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Lance Armstrong gave people one of the most important medicines against cancer: HOPE.
Thousands of people keep in the fight against the illness when they knew about him and all what he did after the treatment. His story helped saving thousands of lifes.
The 500 milion $ that LAF has raised saved also thousand of lifes more.
He is a winner in life and a winner helping people, and he deserves the biggest award: the eternal grateful of those all he helped.
This message was contributed by jose luis on Jan 21st, 2013.
Id like to say to Mr.Lance Armstrong that because of great people like you we have a chance of beating this terrible disease. Yes you did do a terrible thing but come on when it comes down to the brass tacks who isnt be it in all types of sports. Look you did it u admitted it now your dealing with it and you will pay for it, but when it all comes down to it you did amazing things and helped some many people. So this is for all the haters out there and the negitive people out there get over it and dont hate the player hate the game, Lance did a rotten thing but he isnt alone he was backed and he was funded. Far as im concerned a victim, made to win and pressured to win noone knows how hard it is to be at the top when the pressure from your country is there, so shut up your BS and yes strip the man of his medals but dont strip him of his great help and work as a matter of fact shame on you. And all the organizations that represent men and women whom did such wonderful things for people out there dont drop them praise them and you people who screw your nose up over a stupid medal or an olympic seating you should grow up and figure out whats important your stupid pride or great people who save lives I say go Team Lance.
This message was contributed by gord on Jan 21st, 2013.
Lance. The amount of people you have touched, given faith and hope to far surpasses the people that are only now showing an interest in your life and what you've accomplished. You are a hero to many many people, including myself. I will defend your name, livestrong and team RadioShack.
This one comes from Paige Alexander on Jan 21st, 2013.
Lance, Your a hero, millions of people are supporting you...this too shall pass. Keep the faith.
This one comes from Ashley Kircher on Jan 21st, 2013.
I just finished watching Opray's interview. I wish you well in the future. Stay strong.
This message was contributed by rjk on Jan 21st, 2013.
All the perfect people will continue to throw stones when if fact none of us have the right too. We have all done wrong, but how many of us can stand up and say we have done some much good for people struggling with cancer. YOU have giving them a reason to fight and believe in hope. Life is about forgiveness and continuing to fight for a better world. I need know explanation and your still a hero in my eyes, this cruel world still needs you Lance.
Support provided by Mike Escalada on Jan 21st, 2013.
Lance: You are a great competitor and one of the finest athletes of our time. No one can strip you of the memories you hold, and the memories your fans hold of your wins. I am not particularly a cycling fan, but I am a Lance Armstrong fan. Truly, you are the only recognizable figure in cycling for most Americans (those who are not regular followers of the sport). The reason I am a Lance Armstrong fan is because I recognize greatness in athletes when I see it - and you indeed are a champion. I take spin classes, and whenever the gym shows your tour legs on the screen, I push extra hard, because of the steely grit of your image on the screen. You continue to inspire us amateur athletes everywhere in our daily lives.
If other professional athletes had the dogged, relentless, world scrutiny picking apart their accomplishments and their personal lives, they too, would be in the same position you are. When I was at the gym yesterday, I watched ESPN's greatest football players of all time presentation. Lawrence Taylor was in the top 5 - an admitted cocaine user. I would guess that he is likely in the Football Hall of Fame, and no one is trying to strip him of his accolades even though he was using illegal street drugs. Jim Brown was number 2, even though he has a string of arrests for crimes against women. And while Michael Vick did not make the list, he is a convicted federal felon who is allowed to make millions of dollars playing a professional sport, yet Lance Armstrong is banned from participating in all professional sporting events, even the Chicago Marathon? This country is really screwed up.
I would also note that no man is perfect, and a man's beauty can be in the manner in which he deals with the challenges that his own frailties bring him. You are a strong person and you will prevail. This is just a bump in the road. I love you Lance and I wish you well - though I think your spirit and determination will easily bring you through this. As an aside, I would love to see you run for Governor of the great State of Texas some day. In ten years, run for governor, and you will win! Politics should be your next sporting field.
Support provided by Kathryn on Jan 21st, 2013.
Lance, you have done so much for the promotion of the sport of cycling and no one can take that away. You are a competetive athlete with every fiber of your being and we all respect you for that. The fact is, the culture of the sport as a whole is what needs mended- not one individual person or scapegoat. I firmly believe you are a product of your environment, and your case is no different. You will return to compete again- it is in your nature. Much love and respect
Support provided by Marie on Jan 21st, 2013.
Just want to say you're still my boy!
You're still more of man in my eyes than Wiggins can ever be!
He's just some long sideburned schmuck who won't ever achieve a tenth of what you did!
You'll always be the true hero of cycling!
Support provided by Ben Cross on Jan 21st, 2013.
Being a athlete of exact same age I also see you as a role model still. Whatever... you still accomplished amazing things and still have an awesome following. Warrior sages have to walk alone much of the time. Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after enlightenment, chop wood carry water. If people are coming down on your enlightenment now and can not handle what you tell them or say, then they needn't be a concern. Hang in there please and know there are people pulling for you.
Support provided by Aldar on Jan 21st, 2013.
Myself...and many like me accept your apology Lance..
You have been there in many ways for millions of people fighting cancer....
It's time for us to be there for you in your time of need....
I went to Dick's Sporting goods Saturday (January 19th) anbd bought 2 spare livestrong bracelets, a livestrong shirt, a livestrong jacket...I wore the jacket out of the store and have worn it with pride each day since...
I will sponsor you...and soon enough when you're back in triathlons...companies will be lining up to sponsor you....
It's only a matter of time...
Posted by Kenneth Risher on Jan 21st, 2013.
Lance, we all make mistakes - some bigger than others. Know that you have plenty of supporters out there. If your apology is sincere, that's all that matters. xx Livestrong xx
Support provided by Briggs on Jan 21st, 2013.
Lance was a victim of circumstances. He is a great man. To recognize your mistake is extremely difficult. Here in Romania we are with him. We lived wonderful moments "together" in front of the TV. We do not ever forget those magic moments. GO LANCE!!
This one comes from Flaviu Bozga on Jan 21st, 2013.
you really have courage, how many polticians at the end of his life, talk and confess thew truth?, NOBODY does it, so I admire you for your courage and all the effort that you did is amazing, IF YOU DID IT ALL THE OTHER COMPETITORS DID IT, so they never could defeat you, and now what?. people from France is happy????, the stupid natioanalism nowadays has no sense, YOU ARE THE BEST CYCLIST IN THE WORLD, please dont feel bad, just feel inner peace because you confess and don't allow people to destroy you, you are a strong person and remember Mother´s Teresa words:
"...If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway....."
Please feel happy for telling the truth to the World, I want to see GEORGE W BUSH confessing all the bad things that he did, what you did is NOTHING my friend, or I want to see the former presidnet of my country CSG or current president EPN telling ALL THE TRUTH TO THE WORLD, NEVER is going to happen and you did it, so stay in peace.
You have a lot of GOOD THINGS that you did so think about them.
ASK GOOD for strenghtness because HE is the SOURCE of all GOOD things andyou DID a GOOD thing TO CONFESS. SO your soul must be in peace.
Support provided by Rogelio Correa Gomez from MEXICO on Jan 21st, 2013.
I so get it. I just watched the Oprah shows, and you had my sympathy the whole way through. I did not know that I would feel that way; but I did. I have to believe that anyone who has ever had any competitive spirit understands. When you are in it, it is different. You articulated your thoughts and feelings so well.
My heart aches for you and your family. I do hope that one day you are allowed to compete again, and that the punishments are reassessed.
Know that many of us stand beside you. With love and support.
This one comes from Lynn M on Jan 20th, 2013.
I think we have all made some bad choices in our lives. Yours are public, but as is the public life. Stay honest and be right, for your kids and your fans. You can turn it this into something good for them and cancer sufferer's/ survivor's. Having your mistakes public and affecting your private life will be nasty for long while- make it right- do well for and by others. Don't let thepublic feed the ego and lead you down a dishonest path. You are better than that. You want to be a good man. So focus on being just that. Nothing else. You did well on the show. Now go make yourself well for your family.
This message was contributed by Sonia on Jan 20th, 2013.
Lance, forget the 'naysayers'. at the end of the day, yes you committed some crimes - against sport. in the grand scheme of things, always remember that first and foremost you raised the profile of cancer reasearch bar none, and simultaneously raised $500million for cancer research.
you said you are a competitor - keep fighting for forgiveness, it will be a long hard road but will be worth it in the end. There are so many accomplishments of yours that transcend this cycling scandal - cling to those. spend time with your family and loved ones - in the end, that is all that counts in this world.
I, like many others, respect you more now for coming clean. You might not win all you supporters back, that is ok - friendships in life come and go, and at the end we are surrounded by those closest to us. Those idiots calling you cheat, liar etc - they have just read a headline, have no idea about the true story. You have many, many, many supporters in this world still. i hope you do come and here and read these and take comfort in that, it will all be worth it in the end. Clean soul, great life.
i salute you for what you are doing, holy crap that must have been hard. Chin up, we;re behind you.
This one comes from michael on Jan 20th, 2013.
I'm not an avid cycling enthusiast but just saw your special with Oprah. I truly hope they lift your life time ban, especially in other academic areas. I feel this punishment is completely unfair. Why were you the "example" and got the worst punishment? The only thing I didn't like about your interview was the way you seemed to feel about yourself. You're human, those around you on your rise to fame were holding you to expectations you couldn't meet and you made a mistake. You are NOT a bad person because of one bad decision. You are an amazing person and have done so many good things for others. Don't let this overshadow it. You still have a lot of people who support and believe in you. Stay strong.
This one comes from Heather Driscoll on Jan 20th, 2013.
Dear Lance Armstrong...Watching the OPRA interviews.It was clear that the LOVE of your FAMILY has opened the door for your GREATEST CHALLENGE EVER. It is not about competing.. IT IS ABOUT..delivering a message to the world, to our youths that is more important than the finish line. You have been chosen and now it is your choice to accept or dismiss ...Your spiritual connection is Kristen and she would understand exactly what is written here. PLEASE accept this GREATEST CHALLENGE EVER FOR YOU it can make a huge difference in this world......very sincerely Mike Lella
Posted by Mike Lella on Jan 20th, 2013.
My mum was diagnosed with cancer at the age of of 30 she began a number of complex procedures which involved a large amount of Chemo and the removal of a the tumour which involves moving a large part of her Jaw during this time she read not about the bike. This book helped her through this difficult time and gave her the motivation to loose ten stone after she had over come the cancer. Your story has bought hope to all our family and even though recent events have upset us you will always be a hero in our family.
Posted by James Gudger on Jan 20th, 2013.
Your goods inmensely suprpasse your wrongs; at the end of the day, history will judge for the many good things that you left behind. Still after all this storm, you continue to inspire millions.
January 20, 2013.
This message was contributed by reinaldo hellmund on Jan 20th, 2013.
I don't know you or your full story. I can say however, that I have always been a fan of yours and I always will be. Despite your mistakes you have done a lot more good in this world then most people will ever do in a life time.
For what it is worth I understand what it is like to want something so bad you will do whatever it takes to get it. Not a single person out there could say they would not have done the same thing if they were in your shoes.
There are far worst things people have done in this world and are doing. Not for one second let people make you feel that you are a disgrace. You are human and humans make mistakes. We have all lied, cheated and mislead others. No one is perfect " Those in glass houses shouldn't cast stones".
In my eyes your are still a hero and I will always admire you. Things will start looking up for you soon, stay positive!
Your fan from Canada,
This message was contributed by jennifer s on Jan 20th, 2013.
I think the most inspirational of your story is yet to come - So many people will be able to relate to hitting rock bottom with almost no hope in sight. If you can make a come back and do it right I would think more of you than I did before!
Good Luck and all the best for you and your family
This message was contributed by ECC on Jan 20th, 2013.
Mr Armstrong.....On Feb 29, 2012 I was told I had Stage 2 Ovarian cancer......I was prescribed 6 "mop up" chemo treatments in a 4month period........your story gave me HOPE and gave me confidence that cancer CAN be beat and it does NOT have to be a death sentence. I went back to work 3 weeks post op (total hysterectomy) and will celebrate my survivor-ersarry on Feb 13, 2013!
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME HOPE AND I FORGIVR YOU!!!!!
This message was contributed by Kim Koski on Jan 20th, 2013.
You are brave, and the incredible good you have done for so many should never be forgotten. Your children will be very proud of you.
This message was contributed by Jane on Jan 20th, 2013.
I rarely post stuff online, but this post is the one that's been bursting inside of me for days now, since your Oprah interview. First and foremost, my deepest gratitude for the inspiration that you have given me over the years. I still recall the summers when I couldn't wait to come back home and watch you on Eurosport. I was never much a cycling guy, but because of you I went on and bough 2 bikes, which led to over a decade of pleasant memories. I recall seeing all the hard training that you did, starting in winter months, and all the tactics that you and your team pioneered, which lead to some brilliant teamwork. Your humble and restrained expression, either while crossing the finish line, earning the podium or mastering the shortcut over the field at that famous curve is something that will stay with me forever and will continue to inspire me. I recall you getting caugh in by-stander handbag, having problems with pedals, crashing, and always taking it on quietly and with determination to just move on for one more stroke. Scenes like "Are you coming?" look, or waiting for Ullrich after his fall were movie stuff becoming real, and it's what made Tour exciting to watch for me, year after year. After you left, it just wasn't the same anymore, with mostly uncharismatic guys filling the lens. I just watch the Tour occasionaly now, I guess because of nice scenery, not the characters.
To me, you are a true competitor, inside and outside the sport. Even if they don't let you compete in licensed events for a while, I have no doubt you will still compete with yourself. Which is what the core of the sport is.
For the record, even back then I had no doubt that you were doping, having known a bit of background from the sport - but so were most of the other guys. You were just more disciplined, systematic and eventually better at it and for the most part, although controversally, I do understand your argument about leveling the playing field. It's similar to gun debate these days - how can you get rid of them if everybody has one? Of course, some nice guys were left behind, which is not fair, and it's only right that the sport is clean(-er) now. But hey, I also earned my poverty by working honestly, and I wouldn't necessary recommend it, if everybody else is taking the easy path. Looking back, it seems that this defines the whole success story of America - be the best that you can be, and do whatever you have to get there. It's the moto there, so why all the whining? Does this make you a cheat, like they are branding you? Not by the degree that it is being portrayed all over the place these days. But this will pass, like the suffering you endured in the saddle. I guess simple-minded folks enjoy Bruce Willis jumping of rooftops and saving the world much more, since he is definitely someone who could do it on his own and is therefore truly inspiring.
I guess I don't have to touch upon the selfless charity work that you have done outside the sport, helping so many thousands. It's ironic that fighting cancer so often involves drugs and that so many cancer-fighter owe you their gratitute to help them out with that! Your work and engagement in that fight is priceless, and I don't see many other winners doing that, clean or not. It speaks for itself and is something that they will never be able to take away from you, board-member or not.
Which brings me to the Oprah interview. It was so painfull to watch that I had to watch it in five sessions. Not because of your impression, but because of twisting of the knife and lack of dignity that I feel she expressed towards you. You did it although you didn't have to (I'm sure there was backstage pressure), and you took it like a man, without winning about it. To me, this interview was the testament to your true competing spirit, not backing down to anyone, despite impossible odds. Keeping professional and not emotional, despite the enormous financial and inter-personal responsibility and consequences for you and for what you represent. I'm sure it took a lot of restraint on your part to not walk out when you were labeled as arrogant prick. I was that once, too, and it's what was necessary to get me where I am today. And the desire to win and be better than everybody else is an embodiment of arrogance in itself. Feels like America doesn't take care of its own after all. If feel this was wrong and that you deserve something better, despite some righteous wrath that you deserve.
I wish you will decide to still contribute to this sport and in time again resurface as an inspirational figure to many.
Meantime, you still have one fan left. I sincerelly thank you for how you added value to my life!
Last but not least, as you once said - when the soup is good, all is hood!
This one comes from SloFan on Jan 20th, 2013.
I watched your interview. Feeling very sad for you. Please don't let them break you. We all have skeletons in our closets. I admire your strength, and will as a remarkable athlete and cancer survivor. Thanks for all the good you have done. I will keep thinking good thoughts for you!
Posted by Beverly Fatebenr on Jan 20th, 2013.
You still have my support Lance. May you ride again!!!! You will rise again.
This message was contributed by Jessica Tipton on Jan 20th, 2013.
You have been an inspiration for thousands of cancer survivors! May God bless you and give you strength in this tough phase of your life.
You were, You are and You will remain my hero
Support provided by Astitwa on Jan 20th, 2013.
Everyone focuses one the one bad thing Lance did and blindly forgets the many good things he did for humanity!
Your true supporters will always stand behind you Lance!
As for the sponsors who pulled out, ill make a point to avoid their products, we will see who laughs last!
Support provided by Shaun on Jan 20th, 2013.
Maybe others would agree or disagree, but for me, this is not at all about Lance Armstrong. When will all those involved and yes partly responsible actually come forward and say "We helped keep this going..... Because we were making a ton of money." Lance Armstrong is now somewhat a scapegoat for what happens in most sports...maybe Lance should be blamed for every doping scandal now??? For me, thanks Lance for coming clean, I think it was the right thing to do at this time. Shame on all the bandwagon, lynchmob morons who think that blaming one guy for this is right.
This message was contributed by Canadian guy on Jan 20th, 2013.
Don't feel sorry for everything... You should still be proud! (Victories, livestrong...)
Remember that, your behaviour of always fighting back and being arrogant, is also
A part of what made you a great champion!
Also, I like the picture with the 7 shirts on the wall.
I would have done the same!
They can take away many things.
But they can't take away 7 pictures on the stage in Paris!
This one comes from Gregory on Jan 20th, 2013.
Every person on this earth has made mistakes. Most of us probably have not had to publicly stand and make the apologies and admissions you are having to make.
Well done for now acknowledging your mistakes, you said on Oprah's interview it may now be to late to say sorry. I do not agree, it is never to late.
Start rebuilding, and focus on the millions and millions of people who have looked to you for support through dark times in the LIVESTRONG program. They will never turn their backs
I have always been a huge fan, and your recent courage makes me even a bigger fan.
Posted by Greg Woodbridge on Jan 20th, 2013.
You are the greatest cyclist in history. Never forget that. Your accomplishments will be remembered long after this enhancement scandal is forgotten. Your contribution to cancer patients inspired millions. Keep a positive attitude. You will rise again.
Support provided by Douglas Burke on Jan 20th, 2013.
So? You made mistakes. Yes, a lot of mistakes. Please tell me .... which of us has not? I have to admit that I was disappointed to find out the sordid history, but I also admit that I'm still riveted to what you say. I believe every word of what you told Oprah and appreciate your reluctance to name names. Although others certainly haven't felt that way, have they. Yes, you deserved punishment, but as you say, you did not deserve a "death penalty". As far as I'm concerned, doping was part of the culture then. It was what anyone who seriously wanted to be in the standings did. You just leveled the playing field for yourself. Good heavens, you proved that in 2009 by placing THIRD while pedaling a clean race!! And I loved the tweet (arrogant as it may have been) of you on the couch with your jerseys surrounding you! They're yours. You won them. Now I only hope that you find some peace in your life and are once again allowed to compete. I love watching you, admire your heart, courage and ability. You'll be better off now that you've learned how to hold on to yourself and not let your successes (or failures) define you. You're an amazing athlete and an even more amazing humanitarian! Stand tall, my friend and know that there're a lot of folks out here who still admire you.
Support provided by Barbara on Jan 20th, 2013.
I support lance as I still believe he has done more good for the sport & for his cancer charity .The treatment he has recieved has been really terrible & one sided
Why are they not also chasing 95% of the peloton from his era that also obviously doped ?.
Going by some of the things that cycling ignorant people are saying they seem to think you were doing something totally different from any other riders ! , the simple
facts are that you cannot turn a donkey into a race horse & on a level playing field Lance would still have been the best ....Deal with it !.
I can only hope that in time people will begin to realise this & begin to understand that although lance may have been hard nosed & regarded as a bully by some .True champions ,winners & achievers in all walks of life are like this & that's what makes them winners.You know he old saying that nice guys finish last !.
This message was contributed by Stuart on Jan 20th, 2013.
You've added character to your long list of talents! Thank you for you courage and honesty. Please know that you have many supporters and fans! As a fellow endurance athlete whom you have inspired I hope that you return to competition to inspire others! P.S. I think you still would have won a few tours without dope.
This message was contributed by Alan on Jan 20th, 2013.
I'm guy from the Netherlands. I saw you on oprah. I respect you and i will always think you are a great sportman.
I'm a big cycling fan and last summer i climb the cols as the alpe dhuez, Galibier, les deux alpes, izoard etc.. That time
i saw a lot of your climbs and read al your books. You are my hero and i will hope to meet you sometime.
Greetz from the netherland
Support provided by Michel on Jan 20th, 2013.
Be strong. Everyone knew and knows about the undeniable culture of the Tour de France. You only did what every other rider on the Tour de France was doing. I'm not condoning it but that's the reality of it. The real issue is the culture present in the Tour de France, of which you are yet another victim. Best Wishes for the future, may it bring you peace and happiness.
This one comes from John Horrax on Jan 20th, 2013.
For ever the world class athlete with 7 Tour de France-victories.
The best of a generation, in a generation ...
It is not easy to express myself in English, but in one word : "RESPECT"
Posted by Marc Theuns on Jan 20th, 2013.
YOUR STILL A HERO!!!!!!!
Posted by Philip on Jan 20th, 2013.
I just want to say to Lance KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. You have been an inspiration to me for years and all of this does not change a thing for me. I have had many hardships to overcome and to see your dedication, perseverance and positive outlook and never taking your eye off the goal...have helped me keep my chin up through some of my own hardships. I am aware that technically you used a substance to enhance your performance...but...I am SURE that many of your other fellow cyclist are also guilty, and many of the judges "allowed" it - so shouldn't they all be held to the same standards you are being held to. The bottom line is, you still put in the time to train, to get off the couch and work your ass off for what you have. And who's to say you wouldn't have won anyway? you very well may have won without taking any substances. I admire you for your honestly, that takes courage and backbone and bravery, all traits that are sadly lacking in today's world. Also, the talk about your sponsors demanding repayment for what they paid you. I say that is B.S. because they already made money on their produce that you endorsed...are they prepared to return that money they already made off of you if they demand that you return their's? I know I am not stating my point well...I just feel very strongly about this and have stuck up for you to people around me and would to the entire world becuase you are still a quality person, who has offered unmeasured inspiration to many many people...and you can't take that back, you can't take that away and I hope that the people that in charge of the outcome of your life recognize and reward you for that. You are an amazing athlete as well, with or without "performance enhancing substances". Keep on keepin' on. You're a winner.
This one comes from Jessica Tonner on Jan 20th, 2013.
I still love you Lance! What a nasty society we live in where people are torn to shreds for making mistakes and having the guts to come forward and own it. It's easy for people to sit there and criticise when they have no idea the pressure faced by riders, the culture that I am sure was very prevalent, in addition to a desire to come out on top after fighting an earlier life threatening battle with cancer. I completely understand why you did what you did, and I bet a lot of the haters get it too if they were honest with themselves. In any case, now is the time for everyone - including you Lance - to reflect on the hope, inspiration and desire to keep going that you gave thousands and thousands of people worldwide at their darkest time. You're still an inspiration to me Lance!
Support provided by Hayley on Jan 20th, 2013.
My prayers are with you Lance. Thankyou for the amazing courage and strength you've role modelled in your life - more clearly now than ever. I hope your aware of all the support you have around the world! Lots if love from melbourne Australia
Posted by Lauren on Jan 20th, 2013.
LiveStronger my friend!
Posted by JJ on Jan 20th, 2013.
I can't imagine the pressure you must of felt to keep winning. I'm sure you didn't want to let down your family, sponsors, the "bankers", who all wanted something from you.
The pressure has to be something 85% of the world would not understand.
You are a good man, who messed up, and has accepted responsibility. You are a strong and brave man that you put it all put there on Oprah.
Keep Going and Livestrong
Posted by JJ Roberts on Jan 20th, 2013.
Hey Lance! You're an inspiration! I am sickened by this witch-hunt you have been subject to, it has gone beyond 'fairness in sport' and has become a smear campaign. I am writing this after your Oprah confession, and it doesn't bother me one bit to continue to look up to you with respect. I know those drugs aren't magic, and you worked very hard as an athlete and your work in fundraising for cancer cannot be tainted by this. I'm a little disappointed that you lied about it for so long, but in the light of your damnatio by the ADA, I can forgive this and say nobody's perfect.
Support provided by Aidan on Jan 20th, 2013.
Lance, for 7 July's I watched and believed that you were an incredible human being. Now, after watching your interview with Oprah, I know that you are. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Keep your head up, Lance, you will always be an inspiration!
This message was contributed by Diana on Jan 20th, 2013.
I don't care what anyone says those were the best races you and Jan. Thank you for those years I enjoyed them and they got me into road cycling which I love and will never give up, it's my passion. Hang in and remember all the good you have done you have given so others could take when they needed to.
Thanks Lance one day soon it will feel like " no chain " again.
The happy cycling Canadian
This message was contributed by Lisa McNalley on Jan 20th, 2013.
He has admitted to using performance enhancing substances. What more do people want, the man has apoligised and the entire world knows his story now. Remember one thing he canver and one the biggest race of his life and that to me is his biggest victory won. He is sill human after all and we all make mistakes. To ban him from competing any sporting competition for life I feel is a death sentence like he stated. I think he should be given a 2nd chance after 5 years he has been stripped of eveything including his dignity and pride. In ending I can just say, Lance you will to overcome this battle and still be a winner in my eyes. I am rooting for Lance. Sharon from South Africa
Posted by Sharon on Jan 20th, 2013.
Lance, my Dad was a cyclist back in the 50s and I was brought up with cycling brothers. When my Dad got a cancer that only 1 in 10 people survive it was reading your book that gave us the courage to carry on, the courage for me to walk into the hospital everyday, sometimes twice a day for 12 weeks. Discussing the Tour everyday with Dad kept him going, you a legend and I am so grateful for you and the races you won, they kept my Dad alive, he is 80 today. stay strong you will be amazed how many people are in your corner.
This message was contributed by sonia Thursby on Jan 20th, 2013.
Livestrong Lance, you still have a thing or two to teach us...much respect for you..jim horne
Support provided by Jim Horne on Jan 19th, 2013.
You are a hero to me and my family. I am in the beginning stages of becoming an athlete....8 years old. Have done several 5k races and duathons. I strive to be as good a person, leader and athlete like you.
You rock! I hope to get to see you in person in an event in my life.
This one comes from Howell on Jan 19th, 2013.
My husband (who is a triathlete and avid cycler) and I (who am a marathoner) have followed you for years & years. We both lost our fathers in their fifties to cancer. When they were diagnosed, a year apart & died a year apart, we got involved with donations & bought braclets from live strong. We have followed your career, for it's entirety. We both always believed & supported you. I was hesitant, my husband was not, after the news came out that you had not been honest all this time. However, my husband & I sat down & watched the entire interview with Oprah. I have not been able to get you and your family off my mind today. I feel that you were very honest, sincere, remorseful & wish you could change things. You are and always will be heroes to us and we now teach our boys (ages 8 & 7) about you and all that you stand for. Both of our boys have started doing duathons and one of them is running in 5k races. They strive to do things that you have done and be the outstanding athlete that you are.
My point for all of this information, was to let you know that you are still admired, supported & a hereo to a lot of people. I will be lifting you and your entire family up in my prayers, as will my family. I am proud to have you and teach my boys that you are our hereo! Keep fighting and remember for every negative comment, there is at least one person, even small children that hold you in high regards.
My husband & I still have hopes of getting to hear or see you in person.
Please smile and continue to let the truth set you free!
There are so many kids, like ours, that are depending on you to hold your head high and keep on keeping on. No one on this earth is great enough to judge another. You have someone to take all this up with later. GOD forgives....what gives us the right to think we can not? Lean on HIS strength! I pray for you to feel his everlasting strength, love and presence now more than ever. GOD is great and will see you through.
You are awesome!!
Support provided by Amy F on Jan 19th, 2013.
You always have and always will be my inspiration, having had lymphoma 7 years ago and reading about your battle with cancer gave me the strength with my own battle. You will always be a winner no matter what happens, this is life and no one is perfect. I wish this would all just go away you a such an incredible man and people need to get pass this, you have helped thousands and thousands of people with Live Strong I wish people would show more support for this then cashing in on the negative side of things. You will allways be the wonderful/strong/caring Lance Armstrong to me. Take care and stay strong
This message was contributed by Jane Wallace on Jan 19th, 2013.
Your interview with Oprah, according to the 'perfect' critics, showed that you had no remorse, you were curt etc etc.
I am not sure how much more they expected you to do and say
Your answers were to the point and sufficient
You did not point a finger or blame any one else - only your self and your flawed character
You showed emotion when speaking about the most important people in your life - your family
You also definitely have the right to remain ambitious
Therefore, I admire your self belief and pray that you find even more strength to conquer this unfortunate chapter of your life
Support provided by Claudia Angelucci - Sydney Australia on Jan 19th, 2013.
Fighting against cancer and winning that battle makes you a hero. We have all made mistakes. No one has the right to judge.
Hope you find inner peace everybody deserves and enjoy the opportunity you have everyday to be alive.
Our support from Mexico.
Support provided by Martha Solares on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance is a phenomenal athlete ... In his time on level playing field he'd have the SAME outcome 7/7!! on the bully issue - he was only protecting his business & family - totally natural & normal - & he admits 2 feeling remorse for those that were hurt in the process - he has his faults as we ALL do but in the grand scheme of things he is an AMAZING athlete - I & at least 100+ friends+ only watched the Tour d France during Lance's reign on OLN - zero interest since he's left - u know media hype is behind all this - stay strong/live strong lance family & friends - u've brought much comfort & happiness & peace 2 many - believe & focus on the many positives - u have a strong deep support base:))
Support provided by Kel on Jan 19th, 2013.
You have let the world down.
What you have done is wrong and you represent one of the worst role models for youth in modern history.
You must take responsibility for your actions. You do not deserve to compete again. You should be happy to go out for a bike ride and find some peace . Perhaps you will ask God to forgive you.
No, as you said, you do not deserve a life sentence, however one year in prison for each Tour de France that you cheated in would be suitable.
You are a disgrace to the world of sport
This message was contributed by Ken on Jan 19th, 2013.
What people say about others seems to say more about them then the person they are talking about. The negative media and the haters of Mr. Armstrong have to live with themselves whether they are conscious of it or not. In terms of this present turmoil, it will pass. Lance Armstrong will find a way to share his strengths, weaknesses and courage in whatever capacity that shows itself and he embraces.
Support provided by Mary Leck on Jan 19th, 2013.
I have to go public with this. As a cancer patient inspired by Lance Armstrong, I can and will speak out with loyalty to a man whose work touched my life. This article sums it up for myself, and those around me during the terrible times ...when we had fear about my cancer because the doctor couldn't get a good sample of the biggest tumor and we had to wait until my surgery to know what stage and type I had. Unfortunate complications after surgery and two years of putting one foot in front of the other, trying to conserve enough energy to live my life day by day and function as a good employee, wife and mother. We were inspired by Lance because he gave me a little hope. I cried out to God, and he sent a myriad of angels. Lance was one of them. The name calling and tearing apart of this man because of what he did in cycling has angered me, but also made me realize some people just don't know or care that he inspired so many others and they chose to viciously attack him anyway. LIVESTRONG FOREVER!!!
Support provided by Lauri White on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance why did you have to threaten Greg LeMond's life and family? I don't care that you cheated, it's that you ruined a lot of lives. A lot of people went bankrupt all because they tried to tell the truth. Are you going to make financial amends to any of these people?
Support provided by Kirk Forrest on Jan 19th, 2013.
You've made so many mistakes.. I'm disappointed in you. But I'm not angry.
Have the courage to tell the whole truth in everything you do.
Support provided by Anonymous on Jan 19th, 2013.
I just watched your interview with Oprah and was touched by your honesty. I also believe that you have done so much good for so many in the past. You were just part of a generation that used. Of that generation you also were the best rider and gave it me such pleasure to watch you in all of those Tour events.
I still have much respect for you and your teams. Please keep your head up, find a way to channel your talents for the good of others, as you have done in the past. You will have many that want to see you succeed.
All the best,
This message was contributed by Art on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance, We all make mistakes but you are still a hero. Your livestrong foundation will still go strong, and people shouldn't forget how much you have done for cancer. Yes, doping was wrong, but I understand how badly something is wanted and how the people depended upon you for greatness. I don't think you should hide your head in the sand and go away. You have a lot of positiive things yet to accomplish. You have your children, who should still look up to you. The doping helped you win the races, but you also have great talent. Keep you head high and this too will pass. When one door closes, another one will open. Just give it time. I still believe in you. You're not a bad person, just some bad decisions, which you are owning.
This one comes from Cindy on Jan 19th, 2013.
I still believe Lance Armstrong is a great example of fighting through life's obstacles. I am an Army veteran that still supports what Lance stands for. I wore a Nike Live Strong t-shirt that had "Every Second Counts" on it throughout my sisters last days of her battle with cancer. My sister passed away at 39 from cancer and wearing that shirt helped me through that experience. I still wear it along with Live Strong running shoes proudly. I will continue to support Lance no matter who makes his products. I give him credit for being strong enough to talk about his situation and regardless of his past, he doesn't deserve to be disrespected. Keep fighting Lance and after the dust clears...make every second count!
Posted by John Rabias on Jan 19th, 2013.
It's okay that you deified yourself under false pretenses. I can look past your arrogant demeanor. Also, I don't care about those people whose lives you ruined because they spoke the truth about you.
I can't admit that I was wrong for being a fanboy of yours all these years and that's all that matters. Go Lance Armstrong!
Posted by Camille on Jan 19th, 2013.
Live stronger my brother
This one comes from Francis on Jan 19th, 2013.
I have always admired your perseverance and your mental fortitude .
I will keep you in my prayers and hope that only goodness will now follow you and your family from now on.
This message was contributed by Will on Jan 19th, 2013.
I believe all people deserve second chances. You didnt take a life. You made mistakes. You gave me a passion for a sport i love, brought out my competitive spirit and encouraged me to live a better life. I am thankful for that and i dont stand in judgement...and i look forward to seeing you in competition again! Thanks, man.
This one comes from carrie on Jan 19th, 2013.
I am a mother of a child with autism and have no interest in cycling, I was of course aware who Lance Armstrong was and always knew that doping would have played a part in his wins, you would have to be naive not to know that, let's face it that was a fact and I am not singling out Lance but all the top competitors. Another fact Lance you could not have done what you did without extraordinary talent, drive and commitment and I am sure those same qualities saved your life. People are very quick to judge your personality and want to defame it and make it seem like a bad thing. Winning at all costs saved your life and I wouldn't want to change that if I was you. I hated in the interview that people wanted to see you be eaten alive with remorse and guilt, what would that achieve? What is done is done and I hope you can live without guilt eating you up, as I am sure you know that is not in your best health interests. I struggle daily to keep a healthy mental outlook and overcome the challenges of raising a child with autism and the following quote reminds me how to. "BEWARE your thoughts, they become your words. BEWARE your words, they become your actions. BEWARE your actions, they become your habits. BEWARE your habits, they become your nature. BEWARE your nature, it becomes your DESTINY! Your destiny can be anything you want it to be and I wish you only the best. Don't let others opinions strip you of anything, your achievements are yours. Don't let others opinions sway you in what you still want to achieve, be true to yourself and your family and do things that make you happy, no matter how big or small and you will continue to be a winner.
This one comes from Hope on Jan 19th, 2013.
I have a framed photo of you riding your bike. I have read the books you have written. You have always been an inspiration to me. I enjoy riding and spinning. It's fun and healthy. You have so much knowledge and could continue to help so many people. Help make bicycle riding and competing in the United States a success. Help other people fulfill their dream of being a successful athlete. Manufacture your own line of bicycles. When one door closes another one opens. I believe you can be successful.
Support provided by Linda Jacobs on Jan 19th, 2013.
Hey Lance, really sorry for everything you're going through. Yes you've made some huge mistakes but don't let them define you going forward. You have a lot to offer this world and a huge platform to speak from. Please take care of yourself, make the amends you need to, and get back to helping reduce suffering in this world. It is greatly needed. Hope all these messages make you realize that many people are still standing by you. We've all made huge mistakes, the key is how do we spend the rest of our life after them? Take care and good luck...
Support provided by nick on Jan 19th, 2013.
boo hoo you took performance enhancing drugs like all the rest! but got grassed up by evil mick bird!! so what you are still a hero !
This message was contributed by frank on Jan 19th, 2013.
I 'm simply amazed at the viciousness of so many that populate this american media complex. Wow! The talking heads come out of the woodwork to savage your character, your well-deserved achievements and even your facial expressions during the O interview. You know what? Chances are you won every one of the races in a level playing field. I think many non-athletes are naive. The fact that you beat cancer and came back to even compete is an incredible story in and of itself. . Your grueling training regimens have inspired millions. The foundation you started, the love you spread is a concrete thing. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. And as the saying goes....."I have nothin'' but love for you brother." Rock on. Live strong.
Posted by Lea G on Jan 19th, 2013.
I am writting you from Spain to let you know I would like you to continue training for your next race.
When I was young and I was watching the Tour de France, I always wanted you to lose, because I was supporting bikers from my own country, as it is logic.
But now, after seeing how hard you train to do your best in every competition you participate, I follow you as a the fan nº1. I love sports, specially Ironman and seeing people older than me taking pat in these events and kicking ass of half you age contenders.
I hope to see you soon winning another challenge., and heard good news from you.
All my support in these hard moments,
Hope to run a race together in the future, just two words: LIVE STRONGER,
All the best,
Support provided by Javier on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance, you are an AMAZING, STRONG & COURAGEOUS person. You have millions of people supporting you, which include me. I wish you a bright future and hope people respect your privacy. Remember to ignore to rude and disrespectful people of the world, you made the right decision. All the best!
This one comes from Lisa on Jan 19th, 2013.
The playing field was level as you stated. Surround yourself with those close to you. I hope there is light at the end of your tunnel.
This message was contributed by Laura Mishko on Jan 19th, 2013.
I am a cancer survivor.I salute your courage to make the journey from your cancer diagnosis back to world class sport.That was indeed an epic journey you really need to be commended for that alone.
This message was contributed by Judith Hampson on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance,you are definitely not the first athlete that made a
Mistake and woun't be the last! You admitted and are still
Our hero! It takes a winner to admit that he made a mistake!
Wish you and your family well! No one is perfect and remember
God loves and forgives you! We love you to.
You WILL rise again!!!
This message was contributed by Grota family on Jan 19th, 2013.
I was watching inerview with Oprah and it was so touching esspecially par when u talk bout your kids.
I never followed your carrier but since all this stories happen i sarted to watch news bout u
its not your fault you beat cancer u were very successful we are humans and we make mistakes.
Its not your fault team is behind u or it was until u needed suppor!
You have support around world so u have it from bosnia too
This one comes from emina Suljevic on Jan 19th, 2013.
I've never followed your career or the cycling sport, however I support you on your JOURNEY. This is life, this may not even be the last bump in life. Just keep going. It's all out so I can only imagine the relief of not being conflicted. No one is perfect...win by being the person you want to be, it's an open road now...
Support provided by Gina Lukas on Jan 19th, 2013.
I still love you and think you are an inspiration and you are a cancer survivor and no one can take that title. I read your books and I watched all 7 of your tour wins!! Amazing! I truly hope all this craziness passes for you and you and live your life looking forward and not behind.
All the best!
This message was contributed by Jennifer Krueger on Jan 19th, 2013.
I have been an athele. for many years. ALL the majors juice up in some form. BUT you still have to have the talent and detirmination of fury to succeed. Go ahead and get doped then get into the ring with canelo alvarez.. Everyone in the UFC dopes. so what. your competing against dopers. big deal. Lance is extrordinary. and will always be. good luck to you lance.
Support provided by tom ferry on Jan 19th, 2013.
Great set of balls you are showing with coming clean and putting all on the table!! Doped or not, winning the tour is a major deal, and winning 7 times, after beating cancer is amazing no matter what. The things you have done for cancerpatients, the hope you have given so many people is so great and no one can ever take that from you. In my eyes you are still 7 times tour winner as well as a cancersurvivor and huge inspiration to alot of people! You still have this Danish fans support!!
This one comes from Brian on Jan 19th, 2013.
You show great strength in having to deal with the media and share your story. I have lost my way in the past and lost a part of myself in my decisions. It really is about picking up and moving forward with your head held high. Your foundation has been an inspiration to me and I know that you have more work to complete within your lifetime. We all fall short with our human nature but like Sheila said, don't let this define you.
Support provided by Veronica on Jan 19th, 2013.
For many years now I watched all the drama surrounding your story and hoped that you were being truthful. When the evidence came out I was very disappointed and joined the ranks of those wishing the worst for you. After watching your candid interview with Oprah you once again have my support.
It's very easy for people to say they would not have done what you did but once you get caught up in a lie it is far easier to defend it than admit you did wrong.
I wish you luck and I hope you get your ban lifted.
This one comes from Sheril on Jan 19th, 2013.
First, I'm not a sports enthusiast, and I don't watch cycling or follow the sport. However, I do know that regardless of what an athlete injests to succeed, he or she cannot win again and again without a massive amount of talent, dedication, and sacrifice. However, I also realize that in professional sports there is a double standard: Fans and sponsors and others don't want to watch "losers" and they expect the winners to be more than just good; they expect them to be superhumanly good. On the other hand, these same fans and sponors and others want everyone who does excel to be some kind of saint. Let's be real and honest. None of us are saints, and from what I understand about the sport of cycling (as well as many other sports), using performance enhancing drugs has become quite common. Why go after Mr. Armstrong, but not the other cyclists who came in second and third place, as one poster has already asked? Could the motive be as crass as money and the sadistic need to destroy those who disappoint or who fail to be perfect? I think there is a huge tendency in this culture to want to tear down succesful people and expose their imperfections. Ask any athlete, model, actor, politician, or musician who has cheated in a marital or dating relationship, failed or refused to file his or her taxes, or who has used illegal drugs, if you don't believe me. Yes, these things may be "wrong," but is it really any of my business or anyone else's? What gives me or anyone else the moral superiority to judge these people for their choices? As far as I'm concerned, Mr. Armstrong owes no one an apology or an explanation for what he did. Again, let's be real. Mr. Armstrong won one of the toughest competitions there is in the world of professional sports after beating cancer! No steroid or other drug is going to make someone a winning, world-class athlete who doesn't already have the talent, drive, determination, and skill!
This message was contributed by Dee on Jan 19th, 2013.
Many people created situations as in hard sport as cycling Tour de France etc.
I feel very upset how they behave them to a great person anyway even he has gone with the stream of tendency
Lance you remain the very great person who suffered for not losing. My respect to you is the same. You should be strong and go just for a full year out of the media. Some where no person can catch you. I live with you.
This message was contributed by Martin Poglajen on Jan 19th, 2013.
Having seen the Oprah interview I had to look for somewhere to send you words of encouragement as it seems others have too. This is the first time I've ever gone to a forum to air my opinion, as in general I don't think it is of any importance to the world at large. I made an exception solely because of my concern and regard for you, and because of my disgust at the so called 'feeding frenzies' of the media and the hate mail online and elsewhere toward you, and others in the news previously and I'm sure in the future. I hope you see and read the supportive messages wherever they are posted and ignore the unkind ones.
Even though I was disappointed and saddened to hear your Tour wins were drug assisted, as I had defended you and believed you when you said you were clean, no-one can compete and win this gruelling race without great strength, talent, and the grit to dig into reserves of determination most of us cannot comprehend. So I still admire and marvel at your TDF performaces because I believe that no amount of drugs would bring the success you had without the underlying abiliities already mentioned. I hope all of this will evetually lead to clean sport but doubt it because until sports participants, sponsors, et al believe that they only win if they do it by their own abilities and work there will always be someone ready to make the wrong decision. Who of us indeed can be sure what decision we would make if.we were in that situation
I love and watch cycling on tv all the time now because of you. Despite your amazing achievements in sport your real legacy in my opinion, is what you have done for cancer sufferers all over the world, and would that have been so great if not for those TDF wins, drug assisted or not. Strange how the man upstairs can make 'all things work for good' where necessary. You've been used Lance lol. 'They' can't take that away from you whatever else they have taken.. Well done to you.
I'm rather older than I'd like to be and old enough to deplore all the media nonsense surrounding this situation, and while not condoniong drugs in any sport, you're just the biggest fish to be caught out at something currently; don't worry, the insatiable newshounds are already looking for the next issue and soul they can persecute in the name of ratings. As someone said in a previous post they should 'take the log out of their own eye' before they try to take the splinter from yours. As an older lady may I respectfully congratulate you on taking the advice of your first wife which was mentioned in your Oprah interview, even though spiritually you are different, that's ok.. I would add to 'the truth shall make you free' - 'if God is for me who can be against me'.(that really does mean all those who are now against you). He will forgive immediately if you ask sincerely and if He will, the unforgiving people on your case out there need to worry about whose standards they are using don't you think? I hope that you can believe that this is true. I am not using these words to try and convince you or any other reader in this forum of a spirituality you do not profess, but as a reminder of things that humanity and society, until recently, have over the centuries generally considered to be the right or moral thing to do whether 'religious' or not.. We should to forgive those who do the wrong thing and love our neighbour as ourselves, in other words do to others as you would have them do to you, and 'let him who is without sin cast the first stone' or to say another way, don't be the judge and jury of another. We all fall short of course but at least this is what we should aim for. In case you think I'm a self righteous (insert whatever word you think appropriate here lol) I hasten to add I fall woefully short but do try (usually-when I'm not falling short that is hmm).
So I would like you to know Lance that as a huge fan of yours, if it is of any importance to you, I sincerely forgive you for whatever wrong you may have done and thank you for the right you have done. I strongly encourage you not to 'hide your light under a bushel' but to GET BACK IN FIGHT BACK mode again, with 'the truth shall set you free' as a red light in mind you won't go far wrong, and no one will do this to you again. I am convinced that if you want it, success will be yours again. Strength and determination like yours cannot just be stuffed back where it came from without a big BOOM somewhere lol !!! So hope to see you back at your brilliant best Lance, and just a personal thing here - would sooooo love to see you back at the TDF in some capacity in the future before I pop my clogs. (Wonder if Phil would like another offisider in the commentary team, or Christian needs someone to drive the car, or maybe the newshounds could do with a mentor in factual and unbiased reporting .............hmmm well who knows what the future holds).
I pray that we will see you bigger and stronger than ever before in whatever you choose to do, and that you will know that there are people out here who forgive you and are still your fans, still love you, and are praying for you, your Mum, partners and especially your children. Let's see your third and best comeback - ALLEZ ALLEZ LANCE!!!!!!!!!!!
This message was contributed by Norma on Jan 19th, 2013.
Hi Lance. I am writing you from Italy.
I am a professional. 46, family, two kids.
i came to see you at the Giro d 'Italia when it stopped in Padova.
In every aspect of life I see people that are cosidered as better then the other because they are successful. And nobody goes there and check what they did to be successful. If you had doped while the other where clean, then I wouldn 't be here writing you; but what you did was common practice at that time. So let us not be hypocritical.
You beat cancer, you came back from there and you found in yourself the strenght to train like hell and win seven tours.
You created livestrong.
I don't think I have to add anything else.
For me You are an inspirational man; a man who geve himself an objective and reached it.
This one comes from alberto on Jan 19th, 2013.
I seriously doubt that this message will ever reach you, however I still choose to send it. I was never a cycling fan or particular follower of yours. Of course I was aware of who you were due to your fame and my young daughter (at the time) purchased a LiveStrong bracelet and wore it proudly for years. I have followed with only mild interest the events that have unfolded in your life over the last several years. However, I did view your Oprah interviews on YouTube and find myself a bit astonished at my desire to send you a message. I do not find your athletic achievements (whether via doping or not doping) particularly impressive. I think there are more important things in life that should be focused on and I am a firm believer that professional sports is a business and nothing more. I am more impressed by the unsung heroes who nurse elderly parents, disabled children, etc. However, I am empathetic with your battle with cancer, as my father beat it once and ultimately died a few years ago from mesothelioma. Many people without your notoriety and fame have beat cancer. I appreciate that your fame allowed you to raise cancer awareness and raise funds for research. Many people anonymous people who beat odds worse than yours never have the opportunity to do so at that level because they are "ordinary" people. I find our society's obsession with the rise and fall of the famous very sad and shallow. But when it is used for the good of others I applaud it.
What I want to say to you is this. We are all human. We are all arrogant on one level or another. We all have spectacular success and failure in our lives. Fortunately, most of us don't have them exposed on a world wide stage. I choose not to judge your motives for coming forward at this time. I have not walked in your shoes and it is not for me to say why your make the choices you do. I hope that you can use this experience to teach your children the valuable lessons of life in the digital, no privacy age in which we all live. Unconditional love is a lesson that is difficult to learn. It sounds like your kids are teaching you that lesson now.
I believe you can turn this experience around in a way that will benefit many people. How you do that, I have no idea. There will always be skeptics and some people love to judge and refuse to forgive. What you have or have not done in your life has absolutely no impact on mine, other than a lesson. Please focus on how this nightmare can benefit your own growth as a human being and how it can help others. That is really all that matters.
Support provided by Elizabeth Heyde on Jan 19th, 2013.
Nothing is going to change the fact that you are a winner and a real competitor. I am sure that other cyclists doped and got away with it. You are taking the biggest hit just because you were the most successful and those around you want to take you down. Seriously what kind of moron would not dope to win if the others are doping around them and continue to compete in an unfair playing field. Maybe it was unethical but in the end who cares? You did what you came here to do and was successful compared to anybody else. Good on you.
This message was contributed by Chang on Jan 19th, 2013.
You've inspired and helped so many people in more ways than you can ever know. So, you are "flawed." Do any of us know someone who isn't? That is what makes us human. It doesn't seem right to me the way people are attacking you. All the good you've done far outweighs everything else. And seriously, it sounds to me like most of the people in the sport were doing it. I know that doesn't make it right, but maybe instead of attacking you, they should put their energy into making things better. Things would be better all around in this world if people did that. I hope that you DO get to compete again in whatever capacity you want to, and I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Keep standing with your head held high, and keep remembering all the good you've done. You are a strong, courageous man, and deserve all good things in life.
Support provided by JoAnn Cassello on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance is more of a hero today than he ever was. He stood there and confessed what he's done without putting on a "please-feel-sorry-for-me" show.
Live strong and win at all cost.
Support provided by sb on Jan 19th, 2013.
Your talent, determination, foundation, and books have been an inspiration for hope.
Posted by John on Jan 19th, 2013.
I just want you to know that there are still so many of us that support you. It is sad that people no longer acknowledge everything that you have done to help others, especially cancer survivors. This entire situation is heart breaking, and I look forward to seeing you overcome this and live the happy and peaceful life that you deserve! Much love from West Palm Beach Florida, we are rooting for you!
This message was contributed by Crystle Hamad on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance at the age of 40 I was inspired by you to get back on my bike and get healthy. 10 years and over 20,000 miles later I'm still riding and healthy. For that I'm forever grateful. I'll ride proudly with you any time.
Support provided by Tim Duffy on Jan 19th, 2013.
We support you Lance! Your foundation, your drive, everything! Good luck!
This message was contributed by Lee & Sue on Jan 19th, 2013.
Lance, you are still my friend. I - as a simple TV viewer - always knew what was going on in professional cycling. Once I asked a friend of mine, who is a reporter in Europe, why the media is acting, as if nobody knows. He replied that everybody's job was directly on the line. The cycling reporters, the bike manufacturers, the TV stations all would lose their jobs. There have been many books written by pro cyclists in the 80s, 90s and 00s and all were about the 100% penetration of doping. And they al asked the reader in the end: "What would you do, if you had the chance to earn a significant income, and all you had to do was to do what everybody else did?" The answer is clear. You had and have a family to support. So, Lance, nothing has changed for me. You are still my friend (even though we have never met), and my opinion about you hasn't changed. Why so many people want to destroy you, is beyond me. Eddie Merckx admitted doping, he is still a star in Belgium. Miguel Indurain was tested positive during his time, his titles were never questioned. I feel bad for you, and most people feel the same. You are the biggest athlete of all times, I still love cycling, and I hope this will be over soon for you. Don't let this affect you too much. By the way, the German sprinter Katrin Krabbe received a life ban for doping, and the German supreme court lifted that ban because it's effect is essentially to not allow her to continue with her profession. This is obviously the case here too. Mrs. Krabbe received an undisclosed amount (in the millions).
This message was contributed by Robert Wise
on Jan 19th, 2013.