I was listening to a radio program about a guy who wrote a book about Lance Armstrong’s recent media blitz.
Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, but in 2012 he was disqualified from all his results since August 1998 for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and banned from professional cycling for life. In October 1996, he was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy.
On Oct. 10, USADA published a report into Armstrong which alleged the now retired American rider had been involved in the “most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen”. Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling. Tufts rescinded the honorary degree it awarded Lance Armstrong in 2006, citing “actions as an athlete [that] are inconsistent with the values of the university.”
SO what was he doping? And what is Epo?
The well-known blood hormone Epo (Erythropoietin) is not only used for medicinal purposes; some athletes misuse it for doping. It boosts the number of red blood cells, thereby increasing the transport of oxygen to the muscles. This leads to improvements in performance, which can especially give endurance athletes such as cyclists or marathon runners the edge.
Here is my take on it. SO WHAT?
What is all the over reaction? Why strip his medals and degrade him now?
The problem I have with this is the penalty he is receiving for taking advantage of a system. He was just smart enough, competitive enough and driven enough to do it. He wasn’t taking drugs, he was taking a hormone. Lots of us take hormones. As someone who wants her body to run optimally, I load up on vitamins, supplements, probiotics and medication. And I have the means to do it. So did he.
The athletic playing field is not even. Take the Olympics.
In my opinion the countries that come away with the most medals are the countries that have lots of $$$ for their athletes. Look at all the technology available. Special material to make faster swim suits, computers to analyze running gate, stokes, light weight metals, fancy shoes….ect. Training in reduced oxygen chambers. Do you see this type of training coming from Costa Rica? From Thailand? Bosnia?
If we really wanted to see true competition between athletes, than the training and playing field should be leveled. So either let everyone dope, or take away all advantages. Runners should run bare foot, swimmers should swim naked, cyclists should compete on heavy iron bikes.
Or is competition really just who trains harder and has the better advantage/edge? I’m sorry but when I look at all he has done and been through, I admire the guy.