Editorial, Chattanooga, TN–Lance Armstrong is someone who has been an inspiration even to the most nonathletic of us all with his incredible passion and talent in the world of cycling but this inspiration has quickly been shattered when reports surfaced that Armstrong had been accused of using drugs in order to win his seven straight Tour de France championships.
According to USA Today, Armstrong openly admitted that he had cheated throughout his entire cycling career and that he “bullied” anyone who knew about his use of drugs.
“After denying doping allegations for more than a decade, he also said he used banned drugs or blood transfusions during all seven of his victories in the Tour de France,” Oprah Winfrey said, according to USA Today.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted to suing a large amount of people in order to keep his secret. “It just gets going, and I lost myself in all that,” Armstrong said.
According to USA Today, Armstrong may be facing a lawsuit because his book, entitled “It’s not about the Bike” has been reported as “False Advertisement.”
“Armstrong said he used banned drugs or blood transfusions in all seven of his victories in the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005,” Winfrey said on USA Today.
This is devastating news for Armstrong, not only because it is a huge embarrassment, but because he is letting down a world of people who thought he was the greatest cyclist to ever ride.
Armstrong will probably never recover from this. In the interview with Winfrey, Armstrong said “I’m not the most believable guy in the world right now. I understand.”
“I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people,” Armstrong said to Winfrey. Indeed, Armstrong may never earn the trust of those who so lovingly supported him and used him as an example to follow.
He has ruined his career and destroyed the hope of many cyclists, and non-cyclists, who truly believed they could one day achieve something great. Lance Armstrong is no longer someone anyone will ever look to as someone who is great.