A modern-day hero, an inspiration, a role model. Lance Armstrong built a character and a reputation for himself based on success he built through ill-gotten means. Now, all those people he inspired are left to believe their highest ideal was a cheat. He didn’t have to build a brand for himself. He didn’t have to take endorsement after endorsement. He didn’t have to give speaking tours to thousands about self-reliance (knowing he relied on drugs for his success). All that he will face now and all that those who followed him will experience will not be because he lived strong, but because he lived fake.
- DAMN. YOU. LANCE. ARMSTRONG. IT. IS. PERSONAL. (cnn.com iReport)
- Oprah: Lance Armstrong confesses (espn.com)
- Lance Armstrong’s Legend (grantland.com)
- Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France wins, banned for life (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- How Lance Armstrong strong-armed cycling (guardian.co.uk)
- 11 testified against Lance Armstrong (espn.go.com)