For many years, Lance Armstrong was the most inspirational athlete in all of the world.
After being diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer, the cyclist was given a minute chance of survival, due to the fact that the cancer had spread to his lungs and brain. Armstrong beat the odds and later went on to win an astounding seven consecutive Tour de France titles, a record that probably would never be broken.
But on Thursday, after deciding that he had had enough, Armstrong made the bold decision to discontinue fighting the allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. This action was followed by a lifetime ban from cycling and the surrender of all seven Tour de France titles, a decision made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Armstrong stated on his website, "I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today—finished with this nonsense."
Armstrong's struggle to success is one that was without a doubt Hollywood-bound, after going from his deathbed to winning a record seven straight titles in one of the most grueling professional sport events in all the world.
In the eyes of many, Lance Armstrong's reputation is completely tainted and ruined. But as a survivor of testicular cancer myself, I still have respect for the man and what he did, though it is a shame it had to end like this.
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