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By Tim Wiederaenders
Daily Courier Editor Tim Wiederaenders shares his insights.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lance Armstrong a doper?

By Tim Wiederaenders

Christophe Ena, file/The Associated Press
Lance Armstrong, left, of the United States, makes the final ascent towards Luz-Ardiden during the 15th stage of the 2003 Tour de France cycling race between Bagneres-de-Bigorre and Luz-Ardiden, French Pyrenees. In 2003, Armstrong was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality.

Lance Armstrong used to be one of my heroes.

I competed in cycling road races some 25, ... err, nearly 30 years ago (wow!), alongside the brother of Olympian Alexi Grewal, who won the gold in 1984. I seriously can relate to the rigors of cycling - particularly after a certain 97-mile Copper Mountain-to-Leadville, Colo., race in the early '80s.

It was from those experiences I watched Armstrong. He would win - and decisively.

In recent years, though, Armstrong's halo started to show wear. I would not believe he doped, not Lance - the (now former) seven-time winner of the Tour de France.

"How could someone who survived cancer stoop so low?" I thought.

All of this is, of course, assuming that recent media reports and Thursday's Oprah show are true: A televised confession by Lance Armstrong?

What was his motivation? Why confess now? What about all of those emphatic denials? Is it to overturn the World Anti-Doping Agency's lifetime ban from sanctioned events?

And, it could come with consequences. Some sponsors, et al, may want some money back, the AP reported.

In addition to being stripped of his seven Tour titles and losing nearly all of his endorsements, he also was forced to cut ties with the Livestrong cancer charity he founded in 1997.

What's worse is he was allegedly the ring-leader, the pusher - forcing people to do it or they were off the team. That is why we hear quotes from former teammates saying Lance "ruined" people's lives.

I don't know. It goes to show Armstrong is a mere mortal. No one is above the rules/law.

If he did it, he should have come clean a long, long time ago. What price for victory?

Your thoughts?

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ who cares

Uh - it's a national story. And it's not like this article was a Courier headline anyway.

Lance still lying - he doped right up until and through even his Leadville MTB races.

What a loser.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ who cares

Uh, it's a blog. It's national news. It's sports at its lowest. Prescott is becoming a capital for Mountain Biking. News? Yes.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: who cares

really is he so important that it has to take up space in the courier as news. I and many others do not care and do not want to hear any more about it.
He is a doper and always has been its done its over get on with your lives people.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Non News

By the way, are you daft? If he did it!? I thought you claimed to be a rider. A rider of Rishi's generation, which is actually mine. Of course Lance cheated. Everyone in the sport knew it, how did you NOT? And the dude has confessed and been outed be dozens of his professional peers. What in the world do you mean by, "if he did." It's people like you that defended him amidst the force of countless accusations to help keep him insulated from the truth. EVERYONE in the sport knew he was a cheat. "If he did it." Pu-leeze, Tim. Seriously?

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Non News

Anyone that considers themselves an avid rider or a fan of cycling has known for many, many years that it was more than unlikely that lance won his races clean. You all know the old saying, where there's smoke there's fire. Lance was not even visible within the cloud of smoke he made for himself. Everyone in the sport from local racer to inner circle, knew he was doped to the gills. If you thought he was innocent, EVER, you were clearly not following the sport.

Now, he's likely the most dishonest athlete of all time. As a cyclist and competitive racer of 27 years, I will never forgive that clown for the damage he's done to the sport. For those who supported him as a fan - you to are complicit in his deception.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: As a Former Cyclist

I never put Lance on a pedestal. I did appreciate his effort and his team's efforts. The reality is, as some have mentioned, if you weren't doping you could not be competitive. so, as an athlete, you work your whole life to get somewhere, and you can't reach your goals because the people you are competing against are cheating. If nobody doped, Lance still wins a bunch of tour De France races. I don't know enough about his comments to evaluate them, but, cycling now has a better handle on the cheating until the next drug comes along.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Lebowski

I can't believe he'd finally confess. Didn't think he had the guts to do it.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: The Problem with Lance

It isn't that he doped (they all did).

It isn't that he lied (they all did).

It's that he viciously attacked and actively tried to DESTROY the lives of many people who simply told the truth about what they knew and had seen. Not necessarily accusers, either. Anyone and everyone who got in Lance's way by being honest.

He's a bully. And a coward.

He's only owning up now because he wants to continue competing in some, way, shape or form.

Go away Lance -

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Sometimes a hero disappoints yet we still need Heroes. The celebration of mere mortals who did or are doing amazing things can help us regular people be just a little better.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

What I want to know is whether cheating really enabled him to win more titles or whether it was mostly psychological. I guess we'll never know.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Ghost Past

Tim, he got me too. Even now I think that if he had been a MLB or NFL player none of this would have come out. But, when I started to realize how he treated other people, my support faded away. No one likes a bully. Greed got him where he is. But, he won't pay the price of dishonesty or lying until he runs out of money. Until then, the rich play by a different set of rules.

NOTE Heard this morning he is worth $100 million. TW

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Lance the ...

LIAR. He lied then, I am not sure I would believe him now.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Sid Vicious

He did it for the money, for the fame. Lance Armstrong broke a lot of people's hearts, plus he further risked his health with doping. Cancer survivor? He is the lowest of the low. He is confessing probably because his kids don't believe him anymore either.

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