Lance Armstrong

by Luka Ce - Date: 2007-01-02 - Word Count: 266 Share This!

Lance Armstrong is well a known sportsman, but he is not just a great cyclist, he is also an inspiration to everyone who is suffering from cancer.

Lance Armstrong was born in Plano, Texas in 1971 on September 18th. As a youngster he was one of the best triathletes competing from the age of 15, but he soon found out that his main talent is cycling. He started competing in amateur races, won the US amateur championship 1991 and went to Olympics in 1992 where he finished 14th. Unfortunately all his hopes were over when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1996. Doctors told him that he only had a 50% chance of survival. That was an inspiration. The truth was he only had 3% to survive, but just three years later, after a battle for a professional team, he won the Tour De France in 1999, riding for the American team US postal. But that was not his last victory. From 1999 to 2005 he was always the winner. By now, Lance Armstrong has won 22 stages, 11 time trials, and 3 time trials with his team US postal.

Today he is a part of the Discovery Channel Team (previous US postal team) and he also runs a Cancer Foundation (LAF Lance Armstrong's Foundation) which inspires people affected with cancer all over the world. You have probably heard of this foundation due to bracelets that people wear as a sign that they have contributed to LAF.

Lance Armstrong is, in my opinion, one of the worlds biggest sportsmen but he certainly is a great inspiration those fighting cancer.

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