I can still remember it like it was yesterday when we first started seeing the accusations against Lance Armstrong. The kids and I stood right beside him, believing in him and trusting him when he insisted that he was wrongly being stripped of his titles and that he did not, in fact, engage in any type of doping. The seven-time Tour De France victor continued to deny the accusations against him, again and again, challenging his accusers to prove he had cheated. If you believed him too, you are probably feeling pretty silly right now since he opened up to Oprah Winfrey in an emotional interview this week finally coming clean and admitting that he did, in fact, engage in doping practices to help him win. It was a sad day for all Lance Armstrong fans. (And off subject, shame on you Oprah for appearing on ABC the very next morning after you agreed not to speak publicly about it until after the interview aired!)
When are athletes going to realize that they are role models and that more is riding on their success than their own gains? Look at what the world has lost. Not only has Armstrong been stripped of his titles but he has also lost all of his endorsements, he has received a lifetime ban from sports but most of all, he has disappointed and let down millions of people who believed in him. I am especially sad for those employees of his charity, Livestrong, and for all of the children who looked up to him. Of course I did also hear that he could have his ban lifted if he would come clean, under oath. Perhaps this is his motivation in finally speaking out.
We live in a society where people will stop at nothing to win. They don't care who gets hurt along the way or how it will affect that particular sport in the future. Lance Armstrong cheated. He cheated his fans, the sport, his competitors, but most of all, he cheated himself. All I can say is shame on you Lance Amstrong. We are very disappointed in you. I often say there are two types of people who I despise in this world, liars and cheaters and Lance Armstrong, you are both. You owe a huge apology to the world, especially those who stood beside you and believed your lies. I especially feel sorry for your opponents who played fair but never had the chance to win because of your cheating ways. You are an outstanding athlete who has disgraced the sport and for that, we are all extremely sad.