Lance Armstrong and Legacy Unwoven


The recent news of Lance Armstrong is heart-breaking, from a number of different angles and perspectives. I can’t even begin to imagine the anger, the resentment, and the bitterness that’s been generated on both sides of the fence, against Lance himself, his former teammates, the USADA, and everyone else who is a part of this tragic story.

I don’t pretend to know much about the situation but from what I’ve read it seems that most signs point to him being guilty of cheating and ruining his incredible career, being banned forever from the sport and potentially being relieved of his 7 incredible titles. Those titles must have been a heavy burden on his conscience.

But the outcause, the result of such tremendous upheaval from scandal, has created an ever-lasting black mark on a very storied and celebrated career. It’s one that will be just as much a part of his story as the wins were.

The cost? His legacy. This isn’t just a personal legacy that’s isolated to an individual man; it’s a comprehensive one, all-inclusive of those that supported him, became his fans and wanted to believe in the very best. It includes both the close inner circle and those that he would never meet.

His responsibility was to protect his collective legacy and take incredible care of it, as best as he possibly could. It’s unfortunate it ended this way and the damage has already been done – it’ll most likely continue as well.

It’s unbelievable. I just cannot fathom that drop, from such heights. I don’t want to comprehend it either because I don’t want to believe that it could ever happen to me (although I am subject to the same challenges as any man, regardless of circumstance).

I hope that his continued good work with the many cancer organizations will continue and that he’ll find solace and consolation with his work there. I hope he builds a new legacy, one that most people (not all) will be proud of, especially himself. I hope that those that need to forgive will forgive and that he’ll be able to forgive himself most of all.

Lance Armstrong’s legacy has been unwoven but that doesn’t mean it can’t be threaded anew.

  • darwa

    A great post on something that I just can’t quite believe at the moment.

    I don’t ‘want’ him to be guilty, but with his refusal to fight the charges to the end, I can’t help but wonder.

    I just hope that when people think of Lance Armstrong, it’s because of what he does, and not what he may or may not have done.

    • Adam Shields

      I wonder how long would be long enough. He very well may be guilty. But he has not ever failed a test. It has been years since he was really contending. Part of me thinks of this like a lot of urban myths. There are just people that will believe anything, whether it has been proven or not.

      There does not seem to be a place for a final ruling, so it is left to either him to give up or the doping agency to give up. That just seems like a bad system.

      • planetMitch

        Have to agree… how long would anyone be able to go on fighting – not to mention that it is incredibly expensive to try to fight these charges.

        It is an incredibly complicated issue. I tend to believe Lance – but at the same time there will always be questions and it has been so long, it will never be resolved.

        What he is doing now to fight cancer is amazing and I pray that he continues that for all of us.

        • jennyarnez

          I agree – it’s been long enough. I don’t know much about the situation but to me it looks like Lance wants to move on. Guilty or not, I can certainly understand that. He’s still a great athlete. I respect him and his work with Livestrong. It just may be that his legacy will be tarnished but still remain intact. Mine’s tarnished, too. Our legacy is more than accomplishment and influence. It also includes working through failure and disappointment. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t fallen.

  • jonstolpe

    Interesting thoughts. At least Lance has a chance to repair or work on his legacy. This is something that Joe Paterno won’t have the opportunity to fix or defend. Perhaps, Lance Armstrong will become the next big spokesperson for GRACE. We all need it!

  • Lincoln Parks

    I just hope guilty or not that grace is shown and given. I can’t judge him because nobody but him and God really know the full truth. All I can say is if he is then he can start new, and build from there. If not, then he can live guilt free knowing that he did what he could.