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Lance Armstrong and Doping: Is Your Livestrong Bracelet Tainted? (Poll)

Cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped Monday of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport. Has your opinion of the athlete changed since these new doping claims have come to light?

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling Monday, Oct. 22, after being implicated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in an intricate and sprawling system of performance enhancement during his career. Last week, Nike, Anheuser-Busch and other sponsors dropped Armstrong from their payrolls, and the cyclist voluntarily stepped down from Livestrong, the cancer charity he founded that are responsible for the ubiquitous yell wristbands. 

This has been the culmination of a downward spiral for Armstrong that started slowly in August when the USADA accused him of having a history of doping in an arbitration hearing. The spiral reached freefall earlier this month when the anti-doping agency released the details of its case, which included damning testimony from Armstrong's fellow team cyclists that claimed he was involved in a massive system that avoided testing while he used performance enhancers

Unlike Roger Clemens, the Major League Baseball pitcher accused of using human growth hormone but fought those claims in a court of law and won, Armstrong said he wouldn't stand up to the charges, while at the same proclaiming his innocence. 

The evidence comes as a blow to many fans and supporters of Armstrong, who has become a role model not simply because he was a successful athlete, but because he achieved so much after winning a battle over testicular cancer. The backlash, in fact, already has begun: According to the Huffington Post, some Livestrong donors want their money back, claiming the charity was founded on a lie.

While these claims certainly destroy his standing as athlete, do they also taint the work he's done raising money for cancer research? Or the inspiration he's provided for many by overcoming a deadly illness? 

YOUR TURN: Have these doping charges changed your opinion of Lance Armstrong? Do you think he's someone who should still be admired? Will you stop wearing your yellow Live strong bracelet? Share your thoughts in the comments section and take our poll.

 

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Brad Hinton October 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Q1: No. I stand behind him more. How would you feel if teammates accused you of doing something you know you didn't do? Crushed. At his age, he has to focus on family and the rest of his life. So, he let's go of this fight, since he already fought and won against cancer. That is the reason for the foundation. Don't forget you are providing loving support to cancer victims through the foundation. Q2: Of course he should be admired. I dare any of you to ride in the tour and finish it! Doping only mars the finish, it won't make you finish. I guarantee, if any of you doped and tried to ride the tour next year, you'd never finish. It takes more than dope, it takes skill and lots of training and a certain willpower none of us have. Think about it. Q3: My original bracelet broke after 4 years of continuous wearing. I never took it off. In fact, I just bought ten more! So now, I have at least 40 years more support in store for this legend, and the foundation aimed at helping cancer victims become victors! Long live Lance, and long LiveStrong.
hope hirst October 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
do not believe a word. this is a witch hunt. two decades after the man won his first Tour de France USADA discovers he cheated .. and with not one single test .. only based on testimonies of detractors.. a pity!

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