Lance Armstrong

  
  


Date of Birth: September 18, 1971
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 156 lbs.
Place of Birth: Plano, Texas
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Residence: Austin, Texas
Pro Teams: Motorola (1992–96), Cofidis (1997), US Postal (1998–2004), Discovery Channel (2005), Astana (2009), Team RadioShack (2010–2011)
Education: Bending Oaks High School, Dallas, TX
 

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championship Results

  • 1992 Olympic Games — Barcelona, Spain (14th in Men's Road Race)
  • 1993 World Road Championships — Oslo, Norway (1st in Men's Road Race)
  • 1996 Olympic Games — Atlanta, Georgia (6th in Men's Time Trial; 12th in Men's Road Race) 

Career

  • 1991 U.S. Amateur Road National Champion
  • 1993 USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Champion
  • 1st — 1993 Tour de France, Stage 8
  • 1st — 1995 Clásica de San Sebastián
  • 1st Overall — 1995 Tour DuPont
  • 1st — 1995 Tour de France, Stage 18
  • 1st — 1996 La Flèche Wallonne
  • 1st Overall — 1996 Tour DuPont
  • 1st Overall — 1998 Tour de Luxembourg

In October 2012, the UCI recognized a decision from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to disqualify Armstrong of all competitive results beginning August 1, 1998, through his retirement in 2011. This included the seven Tour de France titles won by Armstrong between 1999 and 2005, and his third-place finish at the Tour in 2009.

In January 2013, the International Olympic Committee disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed in at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, namely, the men’s individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men’s individual time trial, where he finished 3rd and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate.

Personal

Lance was born in Plano, Texas, to a teenage mother. His father deserted them when Lance was two. As a young teen, Lance began competing in triathlon and won two national championships by age 19.

His prowess on the bike quickly began to show. In his senior year of high school, Lance trained with USA Cycling's developmental team. His career took off — he qualified for the junior world championships in 1989, won the U.S. National Amateur Championship in 1991, turned pro, and became world road champion in 1993.

In 1996, Lance was ranked the world's number one cyclist, competed in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and signed a prestigious cycling contract — he was also diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer which had spread to his lungs and brain. His recovery chances were less than 50/50.

Determined to see himself as a cancer survivor instead of a victim, Lance received an aggressive form of chemotherapy that began to work. As he recovered, he developed a passion to help others who were fighting cancer. Just months after his diagnosis he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, now known as the LIVESTRONG Foundation, which helps raise cancer awareness, speaks out for cancer patients and their families, and funds cancer research.

He has five children, including a son and twin girls from his marriage to Kristin Richard, and a son and daughter with current girlfriend Anna Hansen.

Points of Interest

• Lance was voted Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male) four times, from 2002 to 2005.

• In 2009, Lance set a new record in the country's highest-altitude mountain-bike race, the Leadville 100. In 2007, he ran the New York City Marathon in 2:46:43.

• Lance's heart is larger than the average man's and can beat more than 200 times a minute. At his peak, he could pedal at 105 revolutions per minute.

• Lance has an asteroid, 12373 Lancearmstrong, named after him.


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