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The man who lost it all

By Jessica Duling
On November 7, 2012

Lance Armstrong is the man who won seven consecutive Tour de France titles, the man who annihilated his stage three testicular cancer and is also sometimes mistaken for the first man on the moon. Now he may be known as the legendary cyclist who lost all his titles after 1999 and who was banned from cycling for life.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has had an extensive witch hunt for Armstrong over the past 13 years involving urine samples. Each time Armstrong has been able to slip through the cracks.

Over the past year the elaborate manhunt closed in on Armstrong as charges and lengthy court cases dragged on. On Oct. 10 members of his own cycling crew sang like canaries and disclosed to the USADA that Armstrong was among those who used banned performance-enhancing drugs and tried to hide it from testing officials. Still, to no surprise, Armstrong denied all allegations.

While keeping up his innocent facade, he threw in the towel and said during a statement about the charges, "There comes a time in every man's life when he has to say, enough is enough. For me, that time is now."

Perhaps his decision is for the best. The reaction within the cycling community certainly reflects that.

If there is one thing that shouldn't result from the doping fiasco, it is the Livestrong foundation being financially impacted by donors dropping out after the scandal.

Livestrong has helped encourage people to live healthier lives, raised cancer awareness and improved the quality of life for people suffering from cancer. It would truly be a shame if this scandal brought down the Livestrong Foundation along with Armstrong's career.

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