Lance Armstrong: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

Lance Armstrong: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

Paula Johanson

Language: English

Pages: 153


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The son of a single mother and born in a run-down housing project, American athlete Lance Armstrong emerged from decidedly modest beginnings. Four decades later, Armstrong has established himself as not only one of the world's greatest and most successful athletes, but also as an activist for charitable causes. Through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Armstrong supports cancer research and treatment while he serves as the ultimate inspiration for other athletes and cancer survivors.

Lance Armstrong: A Biography provides a detailed treatment of Armstrong's life, from the lasting influences of his boyhood and the early years of his competitive training, to his battle with cancer, his divorce, and the birth of his fifth child during his second comeback to professional cycling. The book portrays him both as a champion athlete and a family man, and gives a candid assessment of his career, including Armstrong's less successful periods.

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others, or do you own the loss? Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck?”8 ROLES OF THE TEAM MEMBERS A cyclist who is part of a professional team doesn’t compete in a selfserving way. He or she takes on a role that is meant to bring the team to victory. The teams that Armstrong has joined for the big international races have usually had nine members. Each of the various roles taken on by members of professional cycling teams is usually referred to by a French name. The name

for a bike store, and it really does show a good attitude. This isn’t a store named for a famous athlete. This store is named for the shirt that many winners have worn. And it’s named for a nickname, not a fussy, precise word in another language. Often in 2009 and 2010, when booking into a hotel while on a riding tour, Armstrong registered using the name “Johnny Mellow.” He also rode on the Tour of 4 LANCE ARMSTRONG the Gila with his friends Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner as a team called

10-mile (16-km) fun ride, a 25-mile (40-km) loop, and a 100-mile (160-km) race for the hardcore riders. Four bands were playing for the party afterward. The ride was organized with the help of friends while Armstrong was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. He decided that he was going to start a charitable foundation: the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This race was its first fund-raising event. The goal was to raise money for cancer research and to support people with cancer and their families.

Association. They were concerned about safety issues for a particularly dangerous stage of the Giro. “Dangerous” is a relative term for cyclists. After all, these same riders expected that a few days later they would be speeding through Rome on cobblestone roads lined with crowds, with motorcycles and team cars swerving unnervingly close to the peloton. Cyclists are used to assuming some risk during road races. For this particular stage, the riders would be barreling along at top speed on a road

climbed down off the bike, much less gracefully than Armstrong would have. “He managed to torque the chain so much that it snapped,” Armstrong quipped. With about four minutes before the event, this could have been a total disaster. Team mechanics were able to change the chain in time. “The good news is we wound up with a pretty funny video and my new chain held up fine for the stage.”10 Even with the last-minute chain replacement, Armstrong and the rest of team Astana rode very well during that

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