Tour de France time again. Lance Armstrong, once the golden boy and pride of American cyclists has had his share of life in the news. A large part of the stories about him were speculations of doping. Starting in 1999 when corticosteroids were found in his urine test, all the way through his seven (7) Tour wins.
The reality of drug abuse in cycling
We’ve collected a series of quotes from Lance take from interviews during which he opened up about his doping. In these, he has claimed he couldn’t have won the Tour de France without doping (and certainly not seven (7) times). And his candid talk has opened up the discussion about drug abuse and athletics.
To be clear, doping chemicals are not addictive. Lance was addicted to winning.The question of whether or not athleticism and competition is a real addiction has not been addressed clinically yet. People have said, “isn’t every athlete addicted to winning?”
What’s your opinion on athleticism?
We’d like to express our support for Lance Armstrong. After the story broke about his drug abuse, he acted and spoke with dignity and honesty. Addiction is a psychological disorder. And sharing thoughts and emotions helps resolve the behaviors.
Still, we’d like to hear what you have to say. What do you think about doping in sports? What’s your opinion about Lance, biking, or competition? If you have any comments or questions, please post them in the section below. We appreciate your feedback and try to provide a prompt response to all legitimate comments.