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Lance Armstrong - A Great Case Study For Professionals In The Years To Come
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When it was first announced that Lance Armstrong had agreed to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and admit that he took drugs when competing in the Tour De France, everyone knew that Winfrey wouldn’t give him a tough time. For her ailing network it was a scoop and the confessional type of interview she excels in – for Armstrong it was yet another opportunity for him to control his image. Why change the habits of a life time?

As well as providing Armstrong and Winfrey with exposure it has also provided trainers (sports and otherwise), coaches, motivational speakers, psychologists, psychiatrists and a whole host of other professionals a great case study that they will be able to use for years to come. This longevity should please him, because as he admitted he is “ narcissistic.” And boy is he!

He couldn’t resist trying to get our sympathy. His drug taking wasn’t 'cheating' it was actually used to get a “level playing field, ” This immediately implicated hundreds of clean cyclists in some kind of murky, worldwide cycling doping conspiracy. He just couldn’t resist blaming others for his actions.

He thought he deserved to be punished ‘but not a death sentence’. What ridiculous hyperbole. Only someone so self-centered could compare being banned from professional sporting activities with true death sentences that many people actually face. For a former cancer sufferer you’d think he would know better.

Oh and just in case you weren’t feeling sorry enough for him he reminded us that with the withdrawal of his sponsorship cost him £75 million in just a day and a half. Oh shame! No mention of the fact that he wouldn’t have received such huge sums of money if he hadn’t been cheating.

But my favorite ploy which is extremely common when someone finds themselves cornered was to talk about himself in the third person saying “ ... I don't like that guy. That is a guy who felt invincible ... that guy is still there ....” Oh get a grip.

Of course there are lots of things to be learned from the Armstrong story from people involved in the world of competitive sport and elsewhere about power, bullying, intimidation, doping in sport, cheating and the importance of investigative journalism, to name but a few. This story is going to run and run - so I'm sure there will be much much more but I was amused by this twitter message from @WickChris who says "Lance Armstrong sends a powerful message to the kids of America: don't do drugs and cheat unless you want to be rich and go on Oprah. “

I hope that’s one message that stays unheeded.


Street Talk

Hi Beverley, you did a good job of reporting your perspective on Lance Armstrong. He admitted he made mistakes, and I also did not like him blaming the culture. Unfortunately, many bad things happen in sports because of all the egos and money involved. For instance, university officials try to keep their best athletes on the team even when they are aware their players violated NCAA rules. Michael Vick, who was mean to dogs and involved with dog fighting, is doing pro football again. Livestrong, though, is not just a cancer organization. I find it to be a good source of information on other health topics.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Sarah You're right there's many sports that are tainted by money and egos. It's something that I can't see changing unfortunately. - Yes I used the wrong term for Livestrong. I has expanded tremendously.

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  about 7 years ago

I am always one to look for the silver lining in everything. For someone as self centered as he is, he really does not understand how much good he ended up accomplishing . A sport that was otherwise looked at as the most abused and dishonest sport will now become clean and productive. Every single person that benefited from his charity organization is a winner. Just think of how much good he could of done if he really set his mind to it. When fueled by ego, all men will fall. Hopfully when they do, there will be a silver lining left behind.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Shawn I probably see it slightly different from you. In terms of his cancer charity there's not doubt he was a source for good. The damage he has caused to cycling and other sports is absolutely immense and I wouldn't want to give any credit to him for it cleaning up - because that process started long before his admission. However, I agree with you - it's sad to think about what he could have achieved if he'd set his mind to it.

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  about 7 years ago

Super article Bev. Our family watched the interviews in amazement at the guys replies, which as you say tried to shift the blame, and as for the 75 million, well just so unbelievable! What can other cyclists be thinking after this? Your article gets to the core beautifully, well done. Regards Keith

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Keith. Glad you enjoyed it. I know the 75 million wasn't just from a collection of sponsors but it is by any standards is an enormous sum of money. Says something about our societies and how we reward people..

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  about 7 years ago

Very nice article. This guy does not deserve any sympathy he will be a cheater for life

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Tommy. It's certainly very hard to sympathise especially as he was less than open on many fronts, clearly to avoid being prosecuted for his lying and cheating.

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  about 7 years ago

Way to go, Beverly! Great article, and I hope many more eyes sees this and realizes the weak individual Armstrong really is. Thanks for a great article!!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Although the interview left lots of unanswered questions, I think it exposed more about Armstrong the man than he thinks.

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  about 7 years ago

Bis, you sre such an awesome writer! This is the best article I've seen on the subject

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks for the compliment Lewis. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 7 years ago
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