USADA submitted their full report to the UCI today. If the UCI is not satisfied with the report they can appeal to CAS within 21 days.
I feel sad about this - not for Armstrong, of course, but for what he represented and how that is all gone now. His success was constantly held up as inspirational to other cancer survivors, and while there are problems with the "look how much he still achieved so much in spite of X!" narrative that Lance Armstrong symbolized, at the very least he showed cancer survivors who were athletes that they didn't have to give up or surrender their dreams in their chosen sport. So I wonder how that looks to people inspired by him now that it's known that he only achieved that through cheating.
I knew his was a CHEATER. so i have no sympathy for any of HIS FANS, FRIENDS, FAMILY and ANY ONE ELSE WHO CARES.
I don't think using drugs was a good choice for him in regards to his career and he should face punishment for cheating like that, but he is still an icon of overcoming difficulties and challenges, he's still a hero to many.
I still feel that way. Nothing some judge-jury-executioner organization that needs no proof will ever say will take that away from me. We still don't know whether he has cheated or not. I've yet to see the USADA's supposed proof ever be released to the public, but I admit I haven't really investigated into it. But something's always smelled fishy about this investigation, especially considering there is no check and balance system in place for this organization's claims.
Eh, I find it fishy that someone can have such a total domination over the sport for that many years, cancer survivor or not.
And according to what I've heard, it seems to be part of a larger problem with doping in professional cycling. I'm sure if it's that endemic that a multiple-time champion like Armstrong wouldn't be an exception.
I sincerely hope that this incident doesn't hurt Livestrong in some way. It's still a noble organization regardless of whether or not its founder cheated in cycling.
Oh you know it will hurt the organization. Sponsors have already pulled out, completely missing the point of the investigation.
Is Livestrong really a phenomenal cancer organization compared to others, though? From my vantage point, it seems like they engage in a lot of the same "pinkwashing" (except applied to more than one type of cancer) that's become so problematic in the more common breast cancer orgs like Komen.
Wow and to think he would do this after fighting and winning against a serious medical ailment. Shocking.
The New York Times is reporting that Lance is considering confessing to doping. His lawyer is denying it.
In slightly related news, the UCI won a libel case against Floyd Landis. He's not allowed to make his claims that the UCI conspired with Armstrong to cover up positive test results.
This surprisingly long-winded saga will be continuing. Lance Armstrong will appear in an interview with Oprah this Thursday. It seems like he's going to confess to doping.