The latest news on Lance Armstrong did not shock me. It did sadden me, as I am certain that is the case with most Americans. I am a huge sports enthusiast and follow cycling on a regular basis. I have followed Lance Armstrong’s cycling journey since the beginning. As is true with all athletes in every arena, Lance’s career had highs and lows. All of North America took pride as he began to win major cycling championships that challenged the best riders in the world.
As news of his health status emerged, fans did not turn away. They embraced him and his family and supported him throughout. It was not important to us that he win any more races, just that he get healthy again and live a long, happy life with his family and friends.
News came several times about his doping and I tried to take into consideration his medical problems and make amends for Lance because he must be taking a pill that he needed to stay alive and that caused him to fail his drug tests. I wonder how many folks believed this with me? I really, really wanted Lance to be the honest athlete he should have been. It was not to happen.
Lance Armstrong was given chance after chance to get it right. He cannot say that anyone was unfair to him regarding the drug issues. I feel so badly for all the other champions he competed with because it was unfair to them, each and every time he started a race.
Now, his true colors have emerged and they did what they had to do to stop his winning lies. I feel certain that some wish they would have banned Lance long before now. There is no one to blame except Lance Armstrong. There is no one to point a finger at, and no one to beg for just one more chance. It is over, finished, a done deal.
I feel somewhat embarrassed as an American about the whole ordeal. I do not wish other countries to think that Lance Armstrong is a role model for our athletes. How morose that would be. I do hope that our champions of tomorrow will see what has happened to Lance Armstrong and let it sink in that no matter how big of a champion you are, you must abide by the rules and be a team player and always do the right thing. It may take officials a while, but in the end, they will get you.
I wish the best for Lance and his family who have faithfully stood by his side during every nook and cranny of his life. I hope he finds a small town with a small bicycle shop where he can practice the trade he is familiar with. I look forward to seeing a new, honest, sincere cycling champion for the United States in the future.