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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Titles: Will His Foundation Survive?

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Cycling legend Lance Armstrong made a heartbreaking decision this past week. It's one that will be highly-debated and leave a mark on his career forever. Armstrong decided he would no longer fight the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's allegations against him, despite passing every drug test over the years. The price Armstrong pays for that decision is being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong has also been banned for life from participating in sports and events sanctioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. All the work Armstrong put in, especially with his inspirational story as a cancer survivor, is all gone . . . Or is it? Despite these devastating allegations and penalties, Armstrong has raised millions of dollars for cancer research over the years with his "Livestrong" campaign.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation has sold nearly 80 million "Livestrong" bracelets for its cause, since 2005. The charity organization has vowed to support its leader and continue its goal of helping find a cure for cancer. However, it may not be the organization's choice, but the public's--and specifically those who are willing to donate money--as to whether it survives in the aftermath of Armstrong's punishment.

It comes down to whether donors believe Armstrong is innocent or guilty, and whether or not they believe the cyclist's ability to raise awareness for a great cause is worth more than whatever negative stigma is attached to his name.

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  • barbieux 2012/08/26 00:45:07
    Yes
    barbieux
    +2
    Survey questions shouldn't ask people to predict the future. Instead of "will his foundation survive" the proper question would be "should his foundation survive"? To that i say yes.
  • moomoof 2012/08/26 00:43:58
    Yes
    moomoof
    +2
    I'm sure justice will be served and he will be found innocent
    I wonder what he did to piss someone off to do this to him
  • bpf 2012/08/26 00:32:15
    Yes
    bpf
    +3
    But what a disgrace he passed every test he ever took during his career this was a witch hunt by a group that have disgraced the bike racing world. Remember the French spitting at him because he always left their cyclist in the dust.
  • Beanybudd 2012/08/26 00:31:47 (edited)
  • ☆FritzW☆ 2012/08/26 00:21:13
    Yes
    ☆FritzW☆
    +3
    Nike continues their support of the foundation and Armstrong isn't losing any of his money.. the foundation will be fine.
  • 4570GOVT 2012/08/26 00:19:49
    Yes
    4570GOVT
    +2
    I Hope So ! ........ He has never tested positive for drugs . This whole thing is nothing but Sour Grapes from the LOSERS he blew away . Every time he raced , being the best , he could expect tons of complaints . After YEARS of this nonsense , it " has to get old " . I think that he just reached the end of his rope .
    Exactly WHO is the Number 2 man in the sport ? ............ NOBODY KNOWS !
    I think if I were him ( after YEARS of this nonsense ) , i would have told them to ALL , Go To Hell !
  • us 4570GOVT 2012/08/26 02:46:28
    us
    +3
    i give him credit, I'm been fighting cancer, I would not wish this on my worst enemy.
    I don't understand because when you doing chemo they are always doing blood work,
  • Marcus Clark 2012/08/26 00:15:12
    Yes
    Marcus Clark
    +4
    He is still the 7 time winner, regardless if the idiots want to acknowledge that fact. He passed something like 500 drug tests. They just don't want to let go of their witch hunt. Lance is just tired of fighting this garbage and wasting money on it.
  • 4570GOVT Marcus ... 2012/08/26 16:10:35
    4570GOVT
    +3
    YOU GOT IT ! - Fighting this has cost him a fortune . The time finally came to say Enough Is Enough . If I were him I would tell them ALL to go - - - - themselves !
  • Robshock 2012/08/26 00:01:33
  • tesmith47 2012/08/25 23:48:46
    No
    tesmith47
    +1
    typical american type of legend , built upon a lie
  • Nomad58 tesmith47 2012/08/26 12:37:08 (edited)
    Nomad58
    +2
    Never failed a test, TE.
    I could say of you typical High School Grad/Progressive ~ unable to reason beyond your nose.
  • 4570GOVT Nomad58 2012/08/26 16:15:20
    4570GOVT
    +1
    " THOSE PEOPLE " are like that !
  • 4570GOVT tesmith47 2012/08/26 16:14:42
    4570GOVT
    +1
    NEVER FAILED A DRUG TEST ! - You Must Be An AMERICA HATING , Foreign Scum Bag . " You People " are so quick to come here , enjoy our generosity and hospitality , THEN trash talk us . Typical of YOUR KIND ! .................. Are You French ?
  • John Hall 2012/08/25 23:47:19
    Yes
    John Hall
    +3
    Lances foundation will stay alive because it involves a great cause .
  • Golden Panther 2012/08/25 23:45:08
    Yes
    Golden Panther
    +1
    Despite the fact I believe him to guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, much the same as I avow the guilt of Romney killing the steel workers wife, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and JFK. Further, Reid has it correct, Romney has never paid taxes. While we are at it, I also proclaim that odumbo was born in Youngstown, Ohio; his father was a Christian missionary, and his mother was Sister Teresa's best friend, benefactor, and teacher. Also. for the record the Reverend Wrong really was the Reverend Wright and our cretin president was taught to bless America...its a shame he does not.
  • marty 2012/08/25 23:43:47
    Yes
    marty
    +6
    The Anti-Doping Agency can't comprehend that some athletes are just superior to others.
  • 4570GOVT marty 2012/08/26 16:16:29
    4570GOVT
    +2
    BINGO !
  • Fashionable60s 2012/08/25 23:40:28
    Yes
    Fashionable60s
    +6
    USADA (American) is a separate entity from the Tour de France (French). So far, the Tour de France people have not made any comments or made a move to strip Lance Armstrong of his titles, even if they did on Floyd Landis, who did fail his urine and blood tests.
  • Nomad58 Fashion... 2012/08/26 18:43:36 (edited)
    Nomad58
    +1
    The 2004 title would actually go to the #8 place finisher Spaniard Carlos Sastre. He also finished 10th in 2002 giving him that title as well.
  • Fashion... Nomad58 2012/08/26 19:58:27
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    Has the Tour de France decided on this? When did you hear it?
  • Nomad58 Fashion... 2012/08/27 18:35:51
    Nomad58
    +1
    The information was in the paper that tracks the Tour de France; however, it was only the projection of the winners of each race if Armstrong were to lose the title.

    Given that, it has not been officially decided by the race officials to strips the titles from Armstrong. After all, there is no test they can point to for justification. Additionally, men the USADA had as witnesses were other cyclists who had been caught doping.

    There is no solid evidence and to remove the titles would mean they would have to strip other titles they had left previously with asterisks where doping was actually proven with a test. Really messy.
  • Fashion... Nomad58 2012/08/27 18:39:18
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    Yes, the Tour de France people have no proof other than those men who were willing to testify for USADA. It would be really messy to re-arrange many years of Tour de France winners. The USADA's decision has no bearing on the decision of the Tour de France management people. Perhaps, Lance Armstrong gets to keep all his winning cash and maillots jaunes. Stay tuned. Thanks for the info.
  • RJeffreySavlov 2012/08/25 23:38:27
    Yes
    RJeffreySavlov
    +4
    It's all a lot of political crap. The Anti-Doping agency should be banned for Life not Armstrong. Every athlete that is regulated by this agency should walk off and not return to their sport until their ruling is reversed and the agency is disbanded permanently. Each sport can handle their own testing as in Baseball, Football and Hockey. There is no need for a group of overzealous political hacks in the arena. Let's see if the athlete have any "stones".
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2012/08/25 23:37:59
    Yes
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +6
    Nothing has been proven against Lance Armstrong. He just decided to quit fighting it, not because he was admitting guilt, but because it had been a long, hard road and he was tired.

    I think he still has a very strong fan base, and honestly, I think this might make even more people love him. His foundation will be just fine.
  • Mark P. 2012/08/25 23:33:03
    Yes
    Mark P.
    +3
    PHUCK the French. Bunch jealous cry babies. They can't stand the fact that an American kicked their ass 7 times in their own race.
  • roadrat Mark P. 2012/08/26 00:09:59
    roadrat
    +3
    Mark, it's not the French who've banned him, it's the USA. Banning for life someone who's already retired is a pretty meaningless gesture, really. In fact the whole thing is pretty meaningless: the entire peleton knows who beat them 7 years hand-running. It's kind of like taking all those victories from a (dead) Joe Paterno, the losing side in those games know who actually won, and so do we.
  • Nomad58 roadrat 2012/08/26 12:40:07
    Nomad58
    +2
    You do know if stripped of his title the winner will be the 8th place finisher ~ the other finishers were caught doping and on the list of witnesses against Armstrong (who never tested positive).
  • roadrat Nomad58 2012/08/27 18:15:33
    roadrat
    +1
    But everybody will still know who finished atop the podium. Stripping him of his shirt won't change the actual outcome of the race, only the history books. Since, as you point out, so many other competitors were either caught, or implicated in doping schemes, he was basically riding against a level field.
  • Nomad58 roadrat 2012/08/27 18:40:05 (edited)
    Nomad58
    +2
    I agree. I believe the best thing for the Tour de France to do is claim their tests never found evidence of doping and the titles stand and leave the USADA with egg on its face. It would return legitimacy to testing at the Racing events and tell these Government agencies to back the hell off.
  • 4570GOVT Mark P. 2012/08/26 16:17:48
    4570GOVT
    +1
    ONE WORD FOR THIS ----------------------- ENVY
  • mischellene.ball 2012/08/25 23:08:48
    Yes
    mischellene.ball
    +3
    I think the foundation is a separate thing now from his sports career. I'm really against what has happened to him as there is no proof he was guilty of anything from what I've heard. If he has passed all the drug tests then why is this happening? Makes no sense to me.
  • Talmadge Monroe 2012/08/25 23:07:43 (edited)
    Yes
    Talmadge Monroe
    +9
    The USADA doesn't have the authority to strip him of his titles. Only the UCI can do that, and they haven't done so yet. As for his foundation, I am now MORE inclined to give money to it.
  • Gregaj7 2012/08/25 23:06:58
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    +4
    USADA needs to be disbanded, and Lance vindicated. What about Greg LeMond and his 4 Tour deFrance Titles? All this based on accusations from Lances American competitors. Habeas Corpus!
  • roadrat Gregaj7 2012/08/26 00:11:25
    roadrat
    +2
    1986, 1989, 1990, when was the other?
  • Gregaj7 roadrat 2012/08/26 04:21:04
    Gregaj7
    +1
    I 'sit' corrected, as I thought he won four.
  • Michael 2012/08/25 23:05:00
    Yes
    Michael
    +4
    Besides the $500,000 raised for charity, which is clearly a lot more than the appearance of "80 million bracelets sold", I believe the evidence of NO DRUGS AFTER EVERY TESTS GIVEN! So do most people, and I AM SICK OF IT TOO!.
  • roadrat Michael 2012/08/26 00:13:26
    roadrat
    +3
    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Maybe if we ignore them USADA will go away. Better yet, let's increase our support of Livestrong!
  • Alexander T Steward 2012/08/25 22:59:30
  • darthtbone 2012/08/25 22:49:20
    Yes
    darthtbone
    +7
    Lance Armstrong has complied for years upon years upon years. If anyone was innocent of doping it's Lance Armstrong. As much effort as the agency has put into trying to prove doping, they would have caught him.

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