Lance Armstrong on golf, cycling, and cheating
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/22/14
Like golf, cycling is one of the most beautiful sports in the entire world. This is because both contain all three of the classic literary conflicts: Man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus himself.
Unlike golf, the sport of professional cycling has been rife with doping and drug scandals for decades, which has ruined some of the most dramatic sporting events in history. Lance Armstrong is world-famous for having won cycling's Tour de France seven times before being stripped of his titles for doping. Since leaving competitive cycling, Armstrong has become tremendously enamored with golf, and wrote about it in the January 2015 issues of Golf Digest>. It is an interesting read, start-to-finish.
In the middle of his column, Armstrong briefly addresses doping in cycling and explains that, for decades, doping was not considered cheating:
"It was an arms race where absolutely anything went, and it was every man for himself. You might consider me the last guy to have anything to say about cheating, but golf is different. I love adhering to a code of honor that we in cycling didn't have. If I moved my ball in the rough and got caught, I wouldn't just regret it, I'd be heartbroken forever. When I think about reform in cycling, I think about golf."This may sound awfully dishonest, but unfortunately history has proven Armstrong correct. Wikipedia lists some 275 cases of cyclists doping throughout cycling history — and they include most of the greatest names in the sport, including Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, and most tragically, Tom Simpson.
Armstrong's column may not necessarily make you admire him, but it certainly is worth the read.
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joe jones says:
Lance took what should have been a great career and trashed it. He has become irrelevent just like all of the other players that used performance enhancing drugs. What is lost in all of this is that they created an atmosphere with our younger generation that said it was all right to break any rule as long as you succeed.Junior high school athletes were seeking ways to get PED's just because Lance, Mark Mcguire etc did it. hero worship of social misfits has gone a long way toward creating a me, me society where one should be allowed to do anything to achieve success.It has always been wrong and it,s worse now.
The money in charge has no conscience. Do business as business is done. If you're not cheating, you're not trying.
"If I moved my ball in the rough [b]and got caught[/b], I wouldn't just regret it, I'd be heartbroken forever. "
Its so nice of him to admit he is ok with moving his ball as long as he doesn't get caught.
Even the compulsive gamblers that I play golf with have more honor than that.
They discovered some banned substances in his hotel room in France. Deodorant, toothpaste, soap.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Falcon: Good one. :D
Lance went after anyone who accused him and destroyed careers of other riders, insiders and reporters with his money and influence. Even worse than the actual doping!
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