Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lance Armstrong Stripped of 7 Tour Titles, Livestrong Donations Surge 25x!

The End, But Not Really
On Friday, Lance Armstrong announced he had ended his fight against the doping allegations brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Nobody ever tested me for taking steroids :p

Despite passing hundreds of drug tests throughout his cycling career, allegations of doping have always shadowed him.

However, it is apparent that his bigger battle against cancer will not be overshadowed.

Even as USADA found Lance guilty and disqualified him from all results dating back to 1 August 2012 (that's 14 years), Livestrong donations surged from $3,000 to $80,000 - a huge outpouring of support from donors.

Quoting Nike
"We are saddened that Lance Armstrong may no longer be able to participate in certain competitions and his titles appear to be impacted. Lance has stated his innocence and has been unwavering on this position. Nike plans to continue to support Lance and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a foundation that Lance created to serve cancer survivors."

Whether Lance doped or not, at this point, does it matter? 

I first really started following him after reading his book "It's not about the bike". He survived testicular cancer. He has one ball. He went back to win the Tour de France six more times after surviving chemotherapy. He has raised $60 million over $470 million to help fight cancer.

I have total respect for this dude. Maybe even a little hero worship. :p

So, does it matter if Lance cheated? You tell me.

xo Gracie

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  1. Gracie, The Armstrong Foundation has raised more than $500 million, not $60 million. The yellow wristbands have raised more than $100 million alone.

    Do I think he cheated? No, but I don't know, but then again, nor do USADA. The burden of proof lies on the accusor not the accused. That has not been done. Even if it was, he would still be a hero of mine....

    1. Thanks for the correction Allan! I just fixed that. Lance is a hero. I read his story about fighting cancer and not merely 'surviving' it, but going on to do all that he did - and was inspired to get myself better too. Nobody can take away from his achievements.

  2. there were many debates about this when it first came out. But I understand how the man feels.

    And the end of the day, there will always be vultures out there waiting to tear you down. Especially if you have 7 Tour de France titles to call your own.

    It's is sad. For humanity. Not for him. He jsut chooses not to fight that. Instead focus on a more worthy cause.

    For that, it is a "greater" courage.

    1. So true Francis. And so sad. I believe this has still worked out to have a positive impact for the battle against cancer - the donor dollars don't lie, it's in the numbers!


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