Lance Armstrong is a fighter.
He fought testicular cancer. He won. He fought up hills and rough terrain and other elements in the Tour de France. He won 7.
Yesterday Lance Armstrong gave up a fight.
In his battle with the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), Lance Armstrong decided he would no longer battle the doping allegations that has been plaguing him for years. As a result, he will be stripped of his 7 straight Tour De France Titles.
We can debate Lance Armstrong’s guilt or innocence, but the truth is we will never know. But Lance Armstrong does and he is living with this every day.
Lance Armstrong posted this statement which you can read here. http://lancearmstrong.com/news-events/lance-armstongs-statement-of-august-23-2012, I would like to point out an interesting part of the statement.
I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours. We all raced together. For three weeks over the same roads, the same mountains, and against all the weather and elements that we had to confront. There were no shortcuts, there was no special treatment. The same courses, the same rules. The toughest event in the world where the strongest man wins. Nobody can ever change that. Especially not Travis Tygart
Travis Tygart is the CEO of the USADA and has been the one that had to lead the investigation on if Lance Armstrong was innocent or guilty. So perhaps, we can look at this in a more personal, or symbolic light.
Lance Armstrong’s wins and his books have impacted many people that survived cancer. His foundation is going into his 15th year and has raised over $500 million for cancer research. So he knows and believes in his heart of hearts who he is and what he is about. Maybe you are in the same. You know your story and your integrity. You know the obstacles that you have had to overcome to be where you are.
However, with great success, comes opposition. People like a Travis Tygart who has been asked by people who may not have the courage to step forward to question your success and if you came by this honorably. They don’t want to come forward, they want someone else to do it.
Personally, I went through a situation where some people did question my success behind my back. I did find the very brief battle tiring and distracting to the actual goal I had at hand.
So if you were in a situation like this, what would you do? Would you fight to the end so everyone can know exactly who you are? Or would you let your actions speak for itself?
Even you could lose everything.