Way back when I was much younger and I used to ride my bicycle everywhere. I once rode from Carson City, Nevada to Reno, up to Lake Tahoe, around the lake and back down to Carson City again. I recently drove a car the same route and I was exhausted. Bragging about who I was or complaining about who I've become; aside, I once biked with guys that were seriously training for the Olympics. I don't don't know if they ever made it...I lost touch during my army years. But through the years, I found myself frequently defending Lance Armstrong.
Those French were simply handing up sour grapes because an American with one testicle was consistently beating their best at a competition that bore their country's name. Too bad. So Sad. We're Americans. Get over it.
Now it seems we were wrong all along. This nut job (pun intended) was lying to us and the world...all the while dating rock stars and supermodels; and collecting millions that should have gone to someone else. He's given the United States another international black eye and given skeptics around the world fodder to question our athletes and their accomplishments in the recently concluded Summer Olympic Games.
Remember that short period when Marion Jones' husband was was banned for life for doping and she divorced him immediately? We all said "Poor Dear!" Such a great athlete..saddled with a big dumb loser. Then the other shoe dropped and it was discovered that she had lied to a grand jury...she was a doper too. The U.S. prosecutors weren't moved by her tears, her child, her good looks. Sista went to prison.
Closer to the biking world, Floyd Landis lost his 2006 Tour de France title to a doping conviction and barely stayed out of prison by repaying the money he collected from lied to donors who contributed nearly $500,000 to his legal defense. Under an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, his case was to be dismissed if he repayed the donors within three years.
Lance Armstrong lied to everyone, went back and repeatedly dipped from the well to win again and again; in effect stealing from those who rightfully should have been making the money, dating Sheryl Crow and getting those endorsements. If there was a Tour de America and some Frenchie had stolen the title from us repeatedly for years, we'd ban all the French cyclists forever. Armstrong should be told to report to a federal courthouse...and Oh yea...bring your toothbrush.
Reposted from Outlier Magazine