Lance Armstrong – You Really Let Us Down

lance armstrongI’m not into cycling and I was never too into Lance Armstrong’s book. I read a couple of chapters though and heavily identified with his chemo experiences. It was oddly comforting to read in print what I’d experienced.

There is no doubt the book had importance. Two separate concerned friends gave me a copy. Others offered to get a copy for me before they learned I already had the book. Clearly, many of those with cancer and their friends and family took comfort in the book. A swift response to a diagnosis was to suggest the book Lance Armstrong had written.

It was a phenomenal story. Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, recovers and goes on to win seven Tour de France titles. Magic stuff. So outstanding that Hollywood would, perhaps, not even dare dream up such an outlandish story line  A win or a couple of wins maybe, not seven.

Yet, there it was in the history books. Lance Armstrong made the greatest comeback in sporting history!

Now it seems to have been a massive fraud. How sad. Up to seven other people missed out on a chance to fulfill the dream of winning cycling’s greatest event.

The betrayal of so many cancer sufferers and their families was also a grievous betrayal. Lance Armstrong knew the implications.

Lance Armstrong’s Deposition

The claims have lingered for years. One of his sponsors went legal a few years ago as they doubted his eligibility to millions in bonuses for his repeated victories. During the legal process Armstrong gave a sworn deposition  in which he said:

Armstrong: “…if you have a doping offense, or you test positive, it goes without saying that you’re fired from all of your contracts, not just the team, but there’s numerous contracts that I have.

Questioner: “That would all go away. Sponsorship agreements, for example?

Armstrong: “All of them. And the faith of all the cancer survivors around the world. So everything I do off of the bike would go away, too. And don’t think for a second I don’t understand that. It’s not about money for me. Everything. It’s also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. So all of that would be erased. So I don’t need it to say in a contract, you’re fired if you test positive. That’s not as important as losing the support of hundreds of millions of people.

Questioner: “Well, it sounds to me like your testimony is that you’re acutely aware of the importance and significance that you are a clean athlete, but you don’t — that you have not tested positive.

Armstrong: “Correct.

Questioner: “And, in fact, you’ve made many public statements through the course of your career that you don’t use and haven’t used performance-enhancing drugs…

Armstrong: “I have.”

I could rant on. It really speaks for itself though. What a sorry tale. What a bitter disappointment.

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