The Lives of Great Men: Lance Armstrong, an Inspiration

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IFebruary 2, 2009

"Greatness is not a measure of how great you are but how great others came to be because of you."

I am sentimental, I always look up for inspiration whether it's my uncle, my dad, my mom, a schoolmate, a famous Hollywood star, a boxing icon or anyone that appeals to be inspiring.

Still, one name and one story appeals dearly to me. Lance Armstrong, a seven-time tour de France champion, a cancer survivor and a remarkable athlete.

During 1996 Armstrong was hailed as the best cyclist in the world at that same time he was diagnosed with advance stages of cancer. It had spread through his lungs, abdomen and brain.

He was forced to premature retirement. He started Chemotherapy which weakens him day by day. A young athlete at the peak of his game was suffering from a disease that mentally and physically takes toll on its victim. Miraculously the Chemotherapy began to work.

Armstrong allowed himself to think about racing again.

In 1999 he celebrated his return to cycling, He won his first tour de France title edging the second placer,  Alex Zulle by almost eight minutes and winning four stages of the tournament also that same year he was hailed as "Athlete of the year" by the American broadcasting company.

In 2000 cyclist Jan Ullrich announce his comeback in the tour after being out with an injury in 1999. He challenged Armstrong and that became the start of a six-year rivalry.

Armstrong also won the next five tour and the rest as they say was history.

"It's ironic, I used to ride my bike for a living but now I just wanna live so that I can ride" Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong always tried to hard to do well at everything, whether it meant training for hours to prepare for that "big race" or whether it was meant to fight the cancer that was once spread through his lungs and brain or whether it's just being fit for that one "big race" we call life.