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Live Strong…but don’t Live Fake

Lance Armstrong at the 2005 Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong at the 2005 Tour de France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A modern-day hero, an inspiration, a role modelLance 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.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to slap Armstrong with lifetime ban, loss of titles

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2 thoughts on “Live Strong…but don’t Live Fake

  1. Because Lance decided to quit fighting does not mean he is guilty. An honest fight and a stacked fake fight are not the same.

    Reserve opinion unless you know the facts. Only Lance knows the facts. It is obvious his identity is not dependent on titles and press. I have to admire that, whether real truth is exposed or not exposed.

    Posted by Ma | August 24, 2012, 3:46 PM
    • It’s fair to say there is no such thing as an honest fight when it’s for keeps. He was charged in June and his only response was to sue for wrongful jurisdiction (which he lost). He has the option to go to arbitration and involve the actual authorities of bicycling, which are on his side, but he’s not going to do that. He has the option of making a case to the mass media where he has more influence than his accusers, but he’s not going to do that. He has the option of simply doing what he did the last two times he was accused of doping, showing up and defending himself. He is not going to do that either. Instead he gave up and let a stellar legacy and his reputation get tarnished because he felt the fight would be unfair.

      Whether or not he was on drugs may never be known by the rest of us. That said, when you are accused of a crime and are convicted because you refuse to contest it, you have lost credibility to say “I’m innocent.”

      Posted by carpebootium | August 24, 2012, 4:07 PM

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