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Lance Armstrong's Doping Confession
Lance Armstrong’s confession to doping was a very hot topic last week. Armstrong sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he admitted to using banned substances, including the hormone EPO and testosterone, to win his seven straight Tour De France races in the late 1990s and early 2000s. According to Armstrong, he did not believe it was possible to achieve his seven wins without doping.
While Armstrong admitted to doping to achieve his Tour de France wins, he adamantly denied forcing other people on his team to dope, and he also denied any doping after 2005. He said his performances in the race in 2009 and 2010 were totally clean.
Armstrong faced further disgrace when the International Olympic Committee announced Thursday that it was stripping Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
In light of Armstrong’s confession itself, I started thinking about how this affects our children and young athletes. What about the people that look up to him? More and more often our sports role models and heroes are admitting to using drugs to enhance their performances. How does this affect those that look up to them believe in them and follow what they do? There is an enormous amount of responsibility required of a star athlete. Quite often the bar for young athletes and their goals are set by these extraordinary athletes. If the young athletes believe that these amazing stars feel it is ok to dope, what message are they sending to our youth? What are your thoughts about Armstrong’s confession?