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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15 2013 11:55 p.m. MST

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Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Well now I'm not even sure he had cancer.

ECR
Burke, VA

There is nothing in this essay with which I can disagree. Certainly Lance Armsrong's deceiptful behavior should be punished as it has been by stripping him of his titles. Certainly his long overdue admission of guilt is a blow to those who have supported him even in the midst of allegations that were unable to be validated by the testing methods available but were validated by the testimony of the long list of those who knew him best, his fellow team members. Certainly this is a huge blow to the noble efforts of the foundation he founded and will most likely have a negative impact on future fund-raising efforts.

But in the midst of all this disappointement and contempt I find it ironic to consider that if Lance Armstrong had not won 7 Tour de France races there would be no interest in his story of recovery that inspired the creation of the Livestrong Foundation. This morning on the radio I heard a woman explain that she will continue to support the foundation because of how much it and the people who run it helped her through cancer treatment. She has no interest in or care about cycling. Cont.

  • 6:40 a.m. Jan. 16, 2013
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ECR
Burke, VA

Cont. And as the essay points out, it would wrong to claim that the end justifies the means. And yet isn't that a typical story in the American culture. People become famous and we eventuaslly put them on a pedestal and almost worship them. They often use that fame (and fortune) for good causes but then, quite often, we doscover their human flaws and they suddenly fall from grace and then they are often vilified.

I suppose that some may consider what Lance Armstrong did to be criminal. But I doubt he will do any time in jail for his deceipt. And how has the world been harmed by his dishonesty? How has the world been harmed by similar actions of those who were rejected at the baseball Hall of Fame this year? Yes, our faith in mankind has been dealt a blow and the disappointment we have experienced can weigh us down as we make our way in the world. But perhaps it is a lesson to learned that putting too much faith in things of this world should be replaced by our faith in a greater power, one that IS perfect and will not disappoint.

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Dektol
Powell, OH

All the moralizing from peoplel who watched and saw one unchangeable truth: He won the races.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . moralizing from peoplel [sic] who watched and saw one unchangeable truth: He won the races."

So, what we hear you saying is, the end DOES justify the means, huh?

Well, at least the honesty is refreshing.

But the sentiment is scary.

Not just for sport, but for a world that seems to have adopted the ethic that, if you get away with cheating, there's no morality involved.

Sad.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He's a cheater who beat other cheaters. By all accounts he's a bad person but nobody else he raced against was clean either so who really cares?

Laurels
Sandy, UT

How has the world been harmed by Armstrong's dishonesty?

Besides the shattering of the reputation of a previously respected athlete, Armstrong's dishonesty impacted the athletes who didn't cheat. It is entirely possible that other teams would have won those races thus generating fame and opportunities for those teams that they were denied. Moreover, other stories of triumph over personal challenges never came out because those individuals played by the rules and didn't win.

Additionally, creating victory through cheating, then using that triumph to motivate people to support philanthropic endeavors is a form of fraud.

The steroid-using baseball players have harmed their sport on a variety of fronts. One of those impacts is the harm that has been done to teammates who didn't cheat. Were contract negotiations, trades and player value negatively impacted for non-cheaters because the cheaters artificially created more value for themselves by circumventing the rules? Of course they were, and that also is a form of fraud.

Yes Armstrong's actions are disappointing...understatement...but there are other very real economic ramifications that have resulted from his actions. It's a ripple effect that is difficult to fully calculate.

raybies
Layton, UT

The problem with cheating is you'll never know how well you could've done if you didn't cheat. It's a shame and I have to wonder if the chemicals that Armstrong used on his body were not contributors to his other problems.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Armstrong turned out to be a great CONN artist. He used cancer and LiveStrong and used them both as a front to turn attention away from his cheating. It certainly worked - he made 100 million!! I hope all of that personal money is LOST from law suits going forward.The man is a criminal.

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