What’s best? An honest liar or a fake hero? This question has been floating in my head since doping allegations towards American cyclist and olympic winner, Lance Armstrong were presented.
As a motivational project I have been watching some Youtube video about people who lost everything or who were put in hopeless situations and beside all of that, they could achieve their goals. Lance Armstrong was a member of that list, with a picture when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and an after photo when he was winning the Tour of France.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey the former face of the Livestrong Foundation has admitted the use of performance-enhancing drugs. A crowded group of reporters waited for the interview to take place in Armstrong home in Austin, Texas. An insider revealed to the media that the Texan cyclist confessed his drug abuse and that even he had an emotional reunion with the Livestrong staff where he expressed his apologies and encouraged them to keep working for cancer survivors.
Lance Armstrong Case has involved economic, social, cultural, ethical, legal and even hollywood aspects. This confession put Armstrong on an easy target for a lawsuit rain. Former sponsors, angel investors and even newspapers have started the legal economical actions towards the cyclist so they can receive their money back for investing on an athlete that has been erased from the books.
After his Tour de France winnings, Armstrong reputation was equally compared with a movie star. Jogging with Matthew Macconaughey, dating Kate Hudson, celebrated by Russell Crowe and even doing a cameo on the film “You, Me & Dupree” (what a terrible movie).
There are no winners in the closure on this case. I feel like I have to insult Lance Armstrong for publicly denying the drug accusations, and at the same time I feel the need to applaude Union Cyclist International (UCI) and the U.S Anti-doping Agency (USADA) for their consistent and dedicated work so the truth can come out. I can now understand why the President of the UCI, Pat McQuaid stated “Armstrong has no place in cycling”.
The worst part is that the story of overcoming cancer and having the commitment and determination to be the best athlete in your campus have to be erased for being a lie. Let’s hope this is spiritual signal that a new hero must be celebrated.