Just Do It Lance

Posted By: Ryan Doyle · 10/17/2012 1:44:00 PM

He is one of the best athletes the planet earth has ever seen. But all this time, was Lance Armstrong racing towards victory, or cycling away from the truth?

The truth caught him, for all the world to see, and now there is just one last hurdle for Lance. And it will no doubt be the toughest.

A week after the United States Anti-Doping Agency showed the world its evidence in the doping case against Armstrong, claiming he was at the centre of an organized doping program on his Tour de France winning teams, Armstrong stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of Livestrong, his cancer foundation.

Nike, the company that had his back for over ten year's worth of doping allegations, was quick behind. They decided to unceremoniously terminate his contract.

Neither of these decisions will keep me up at night, in fact they should have been done weeks ago.

However! what is sorely lacking from all of Wednesday's announcements are two words that should leave Armstrong's lips and echo around the cycling stratosphere.

"I cheated."

The time has come for the seven-time Tour De France winner to come clean and by doing so allow his sport the healing process that it needs if it is ever to restore a shred of credibility.

As part of their exit, Nike expressed doubts about Armstrong's credibility.

The company's statement reading like the words of a scorned woman that had finally woken up to her husband's infidelity:

"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him," the statement said. "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."

And what of those people that have been affected by cancer? Are they not owed the truth in all of this? Should they not be made aware that their so-called hero doped in order to achieve notoriety?

All Armstrong could give them was a prepared statement that gave the illusion of nobility:

"I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation's chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities," Armstrong said in a statement. "Today, therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship."

That was it. No confession. No admission of guilt.

Thomas Bach, a lawyer who heads the IOC's juridical commission and will be a possible IOC presidential candidate next year, also urged Armstrong to make a full confession.

"For this procedure to be comprehensive, it would be good for the sport and for himself if Lance Armstrong would stop burying his head in the sand and come clean with a complete and open testimony...It is late but not too late; it would be a cleansing process."

Bach is not alone in encouraging Armstrong to quit the ostrich routine and get with the program.

Disgraced cyclist Tyler Hamilton, one of 11 former Armstrong teammates who agreed to testify against him, thinks that the weight of his cover-up will finally break Armstrong down.

"I'd be surprised if he didn't confess in some way some day because to continue with the denial, it's a heavy, heavy weight," he told Reuters."If he [Armstrong] tells the truth there will be consequences but in the long term, he's gonna be better off. People will forgive. People don't wanna hold grudges forever. People will forgive the guy."

Hamilton is right, people will forgive. And because of the good work Armstrong did via his charity, people may even forget. In order to have that happen though, Armstrong must finally swallow his foolish pride.

It will be hard for a man who has only known how to win, who can only fathom adulation and global praise, but it has to be done. If LiveStrong is to indeed live on, if cycling is going to pedal on without public cynicism, Lance has to "Just Do It."

I cheated. I did it. And then we can all move on.







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  1. SteveB_10 posted on 10/18/2012 01:18 PM
    RIght on Ryan. I would also like an audit of Livestrong. They seem to have a HQ more suitable to a high tech company. I understand none of the money goes to Cancer reasearch. So just where did they spend half a billion dollars?
  2. Nicholas Wind posted on 10/19/2012 10:25 AM
    This is very disappointing to me and I'm sure others as he WAS supposed to be a positive role model.
    Now he's like it seems most of the idiot pop culture "heros" to our children.
    Where are todays real heros?
    In our home we try to be heros to our kids as should all parents I believe.
    I know I'm really "old school" ehh?
  3. jasann posted on 10/20/2012 10:25 PM
    It's important to remember that the 11 former teammates only agreed to testify because they had little left to lose and were fearful that they would be indicted in the government lawsuit against Armstrong and all members of the US Postal team for defrauding the Federal Government. Not a light charge. Remember that to a man, everyone of these former teammates only confessed after their hand was caught in the proverbial cookie jar. I don't for a second doubt that Armstrong and all of his teammates doped, as do most of the former and current cyclists. When athletes are restricted to specific blood levels and they are all within 90 plus percent of the tolerances, it's a joke when 99.9999 percent of the population aren't anywhere near those levels. Test athletes VO2 max baseline and compare all future doping (VO2 max tests) to that. Genetics don't change - doping does. Problem solved in 98 percent of doping cases. All the bs rhetoric and money wasted is a joke. If they really wanted doping to stop they would. The only good thing that comes out of this is that someone like Greg Lemand has been vindicated after all these years. He is truly the only American cycling hero, and winner of the TdF.
  4. Claudio _V posted on 10/25/2012 09:52 PM
    John and Ryan,

    A great show tonight with Tyler Hamilton! I'm an amateur cyclist myself,and I can't start to tell you about my disappointment with Lance. The lesson here is do not put anyone on a pedestal....Tour de France has been doping since 1903 acc. to various internet articles. However, to call Lance a fraud is really going a bit too far. Are you suggesting we shut down professional sports altogether?

    Re: Livestrong Foundation- pretty cynical of Tyler to suggest Lance started it to cover up his guilt...(Tyler was so discombobulated he decided to co-author a book and capitalize on Lance's fall from grace- envy is ta errible human trait....caught red-handed what else could he do? Nothing noble about his confession...cornered into telling the truth).....hmm, let me think of some major Canadian fraudsters who have gotten away with millions of dollars and can you name any foundation they started which is on par with Livestrong? Nor have they been stripped of their titles....

    Lance's error was not admit his guilt. He would have been forgiven for as most know sports and doping go hand in hand in the 21st century- yes, it's wrong, very wrong! ...that being said, if I ever find out Rocket Richard wasn't real, I'll never watch another hockey game again!
  5. james marshall posted on 10/27/2012 10:20 AM
    He won't. That requires courage that is found lacking.
  6. Waran posted on 11/08/2012 08:34 PM
    Ryan ( who called Tamil protest Visual distruction), so these cops are criminals, have $$$ stash away by their crime, so you are advocating them to free their $$ as they wish and not to go jail, HOORAy, what is your message to other cops , oh well let us make some money, after all we are going to stay out jail, Hooray. Tough on crime red neck have a red nech thinking.
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