January 17, 2013
By: Sam Fry, Staff Writer
Lance the Legend
Staff writer Sam Fry offers his opinion regarding the latest news on the fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong.
The image of Lance Armstrong has taken a huge hit recently, although opinions vary as to whether it is deserved or not.
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong was said to have admitted to taking PED's (performance enhancing drugs). The interview is yet to be released (the interview is expected to be aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network later today), so no one knows exactly what was said, but everyone seems to have his or her own opinion on what happened.
Lance Armstrong was a road-racing cyclist who won the Tour De France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005. He also won countless other awards, which in most eyes would crown him a legend. In 2012, he was banned from the sport for "allegedly" using PED's. In his career, he has been drug tested approximately 600 times and has passed every test, yet people still accuse him of using these illegal drugs. Lance has worked very hard over the years to win these races, so why would he tarnish his reputation by admitting to all of these allegations?
Have you ever been accused of doing something you did not do ... repeatedly? On the other hand, have you ever been asked the same question thousands of times, and no matter how many times you got the answer right and proved your answer, people still did not believe you? That can get very annoying over 20 long years.
Here is a different point of view to take a look at. Maybe Lance was giving the media what they wanted. He probably did not do these drugs, but to stop the questioning he just finally was fed up and said "yes, I took those drugs." He figured what do I have to lose; they already took my true love away from me ... cycling. He also has countless numbers of awards, over one-hundred million dollars in his bank account, and has fought and conquered testicular cancer. Maybe he figures his life is complete so why keep fighting a fight when there is no way you can win. If Lance never makes another dollar in his life his children and grand children are still set for life. Lance's way about going about this was all wrong seeing that it was not thought out very well. His consequences are far greater than his accomplishments.
I am not defending the usage of PED's, but if Lance were to have used those drugs, then there is no possible way he could have passed all of the drug tests. This is just the classic case of an athlete who was fed up with what the public and the media were accusing him of, in my opinion.