Lance Armstrong, 7 times tour de France winner, Olympic Bronze Medalist, 4th stage Cancer Survivor.. "A Symbol of hope" to billions of people has just been declared fraud.. He has been convicted of doping.. Confessed to taking dope as well.. People have started calling him a disgrace to the world of sport.
I, on the other hand.. really don't know what to say.. He has been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember..
I still remember reading "Its not about the bike", I finished it in one stretch.. It was 5 years back.. "Never say die" are the words that come to your mind when you read the book.. And when I read about all the allegations & the news of his confession to those allegations last year I felt a little numb, No thoughts came to my mind.. I didn't want to hate the man who had been a symbol of hope all these years. So I just closed the newspaper & turned my attention elsewhere and today when I read about his interview with Oprah Winfrey, I again had the same feeling, I didn't know what to say.. Honestly!
Yes! I am being neutral even after knowing the truth.. Had he been someone else accused of doping, I would have hated him/her for cheating.. But He ain't no ordinary guy, If you read his book & see the work he has done to help the cancer patients and gave hope to many who are suffering from the disease (God Bless them), you will feel the same way. But I even think, was all that charity work & foundations done to put a mask on all the doping activity he did? ...
No! Absolutely not.. But then again.. Confused!
Still struggling to come to terms with this episode.. :(
I still remember in one of the group discussions I participated in, I took a stand in favor of Lance Armstrong that He be declared a The symbol of all Sport for all he has achieved & done in his life.. Oh well! Strange world as they say.. You never know what can happen?
Conclusion: If you look up to him & idolize him then don't stop.. Just take the positive side of his life, He cheated in cycling, Agreed! But he cheated death too.. That speaks a lot about the man's character.. That no matter what, never give up hope!. And that lesson is what I need. And for that I thank you Mr. Armstrong for teaching us that. To conclude I'll quote my favorite line from my favorite movie:
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
God Bless :)