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31. Lance Armstrong: American Hero or Villain?
There is no American sports celebrity is as
as Lance Armstrong. Armstrong enjoyed years of glory
adoring American public during his cycling career for
a decade. Between 1999 through 2005, Armstrong won
famous Tour de France road cycling event seven
years. This is a feat that no other
in the history of the famed race has
accomplished. He was an American hero who benefited
from his fame and fortune. During those years,
other athlete in the United States was more
Armstrong was born in 1971 in
, Texas. By the age of 12, he had
competing in swimming competitions with great success. At
, Armstrong began competing in the grueling triathlon races,
contestants must cycle, swim, and run for several
. His Tour de France records were superior to
other racer in the history of the annual
, which began in 1903. However, Armstrong had a
After he retired from competition in 2011,
of drug use began to surface. The United
Anti-Doping Agency began investigating the cyclist, and eventually
he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his years
in the Tour de France.
Armstrong denied any
, but the USADA stripped him of his titles.
was also barred from ever competing professionally again.
was followed by a lifetime ban from the
Cycliste Internationale, an international racing organization. Armstrong did
admit to using drugs until January, 2013 on
Oprah Winfrey Show. He claimed that he was
the only athlete using drugs on the tour,
that he was being singled out because of
success. However, that did not matter; this American