So, we’ve all heard of Lance Armstrong’s blood-doping scandal and the turmoil that it has caused his racing team. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a brief summary. Lance Armstrong, founder and spokesman for LiveStrong, a company dedicated to: “Fighting to improve the lives of people affected by Cancer,” and Olympic cyclist, was busted earlier this year for blood-doping while he was competing in the Olympics. Apparently Armstrong had a history of using these performance-enhancing drugs, and the Olympic Committee, as well as his fans, were not very happy.
Apology after apology ensued, but Armstrong was still not out of the hot seat. Today, in Austin, Texas (shoutout to my home state – Woohoo!), Armstrong returned his Olympic bronze medal to the IOC. Armstrong won this medal in Sydney at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
After returning the medal, Armstrong tweeted to his remaining friends (and increasing foes): “The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap.” The medal was given by Armstrong’s manager to the United States Olympic Committee CEO at Dallas Fort Worth Airport this morning. Although the medal is back in the IOC’s possession, fourth place finisher Abraham Olano of Spain will not be bumped up to the bronze medal, as it will be left vacant in Olympic records.
Famous for his foundation to help those fighting cancer, and his multiple cycling titles, Armstrong is also now famous for doping. Up until January, Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he finally came clean after he was caught by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
In addition to being stripped of his Olympic Bronze medal, Armstrong was also stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, which he received annually from 1999-2005.
Although Armstrong’s cycling record is now significantly blemished, the foundation and cause under his name is still a worthy one. If you would like to learn more about or donate to help those battling cancer, visit http://www.livestrong.org.
His titles may have been stripped, but I am still hoping for a turnaround for the amazing cyclist. Although he made many mistakes, I am hoping that Armstrong comes out of this ready to support and give more of himself to his foundation and cause.