UPDATED: Did Global Role Model & Dad Lance Armstrong Use Performance Enhancing Drugs?Mara Siegler
Prior to the race he held an impromptu press conference in which he dismissed all doping claims made by Floyd Landis saying: “If you said, ‘Give me one word to sum this all up,’ credibility.’ “We have nothing to hide. We have nothing to run from.”
“I’ve always known Floyd as an angry person … somebody who’s basically angry with the world,” Lance’s coach Johan Bruyneel said. “To me it sounds like he just wants to drag down people who are still there and enjoying this.”
ORIGINAL: Say it aint so! Lance, who is father to four children and has a baby on the way with Anna Hansen, serves as a role model not only for his own kids but for kids across the world. He’s the exact living embodiment of how we define a hero. He’s the best at his sport, winning the Tour de France seven times, and has overcome personal struggles, beating cancer and raising millions for cancer research with his Live Strong campaign.
There’s a lot of pressure on Lance and we can’t expect him to always be perfect, but there are tiny ‘whoops,’ mistakes and then there are huge, eff-ups. The newest allegations that he may be doping falls into that latter category. How many kids who want to grow up to be just like him will be devasted by the news if true?
Floyd Landis, a top cyclist who was just stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after he tested positive for testosterone, has admitted his guilt and implicated his former teammates, including Lance.
Floyd outline an elaborate doping program underpinning the U.S. Postal Service professional cycling team between 2002 and 2005 in a letter that describes injections of banned drugs, the use of testosterone patches, and blood transfusions, reports the New York Daily News. The cyclist would even shoot up mid and post race. In one incident he describes the team bus leaving the finish line, faking engine trouble, and stopping on some remote mountain rode so that they could have half a liter of blood added.
Could this be true or could Floyd just be upset that he got caught and is now lashing out at everyone out of bitterness? Armstrong must have been tested a ton since he is a top cyclist and has even called himself “the most tested athlete in the world.” So far, he hasn’t come forward to deny allegations, but we hope he does and he does it quick if it is false (man, I hope it’s false), because thousands of kids with dreams of sports grandeur, his own family, and tons of adults who look to him to be a good example for their children are waiting with baited breath on this one.