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November 12, 2012

Lance Armstrong has 99 problems but humility ain’t one

Once a promising triathlete and cyclist from Plano, Texas, Lance Armstrong never lived up to his full potential. Following some early successes in both sports – including two national sprint-course triathlon championships as a teenager and becoming the first American to win cycling’s La Flèche Wallonne – he failed to capture a legitimate Tour de France title after devoting his training and preparation almost exclusively to the event following a comeback from testicular cancer that could have ended both his career and his life.

While that is unlikely to change since Armstrong is now under a lifetime ban from any meaningful competition in both sports after being outed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as the driving force behind the “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” the former sports superstar is taking things in stride and wants you to know it.

After all, you can take away the sponsorships, you may even be able to sue for some of the prize and incentive money and make things bad enough for him that the only right thing for him to do is to resign from the board of directors of his own foundation to fight cancer– but as the picture he tweeted over the weekend to his nearly four million followers shows, you can’t take away the seven yellow jerseys he and his team stole by cheating.

“Back in Austin and just layin’ around,” reads the tweet, paired with an obviously posed photo of Armstrong reclining on a couch in a room filled with the framed jerseys, perhaps watching television or simply thinking of his next venture now that just about everything he has worked to build his entire life has fallen apart.

It’s a picture worth, not a million, but two words for the athlete’s many detractors – the first beginning with the letter F and the last one being you.

 

 



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