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What We Can Learn When Our Heroes Fall [re-post]

SPECIAL POST: This post initially appeared on FITskitz.com on 10/22/12. In light of Lance Armstrong’s confession this evening to Oprah Winfrey that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs to advance his career, I am re-posting this article. Next week I will post my reaction to the interview. I’m anxious to see which of these “effects” described below impacted his choices the most.

In my opinion, the only way for him to rebuild his reputation is to become fully transparent (including how he bullied others), pay up to those he wronged, and devote the rest of his career to being the conduit for cleaning up professional sports. He should admit he would have gone to his grave with his lies had he not been caught. But now he has a different kind of power– the power to use his own deceit, greed, and fame to stop others from doing the same. Unfortunately, his legal team won’t see it this way. Stay tuned Thursday and Friday on OWN.

Lance Armstrong reminds us of the common traps of ultra success.

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What Can We Learn When Our Heroes Fall

Lance Armstrong reminds us of the common traps of ultra success.

I saw the recap on the news of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Livestrong Foundation. The founder, Lance Armstrong, took the stage to address the audience of supporters. He admitted that the last two weeks had been difficult. With the recent sway of public opinion now believing he took performance enhancing drugs throughout his career, you could see the toll of the past year in his face. He did not apologize or elaborate on his claim of innocence. He only said that he has experienced worse times, referring to his battle with cancer that almost took his life.

It’s worthy of a look behind the cloaks and public personas to extract the lessons, if any, that can be found when one of our heroes implodes. When a role model disappoints or misleads us, we feel betrayed and even angry. Read more

Livestrong or Livewrong

The Lance Armstrong investigation stirs up debate for good reason.

Worthy of the yellow jersey?

I have read all of his books. My wrist adorned a rubber yellow bracelet for years. When asked which athletes I would most like to have around my dinner table, Lance Armstrong was tops on my list.

Accused of doping in his 7 consecutive wins of the Tour de France, Lance is forced to prove his innocence instead of proving he’s still one of the best athletes on the planet.

Is this a witch hunt or a legitimate effort on behalf of authorities to clean up the sport of cycling? ┬áHere’s what I think. Read more