Did Lance Armstrong cheat or even the playing field? | The Tylt
Did Lance Armstrong cheat or even the playing field?
We can't mince words here—Lance Armstrong was the biggest fraud in sports history. He took what was going to be a great cancer survival story, and perverted it to a cautionary tale of lies and deceit.
Throughout his dominating run from 1999-2005, Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles. He also bullied everyone who even dared suggest he was using performance enhancing drugs, going after them personally and legally to shut them down. But when the walls were finally closing in, he went running to Oprah Winfrey to admit his guilt. He was then stripped of all of his achievements from 1998 on, including those seven Tour de France titles.
Cheating is only cheating when an athlete gains an advantage over his opponents. But if every athlete is doing it, there is no advantage being gained.
Lance Armstrong may have been doping, but so was everyone else in the Tour de France. He was using performance enhancing drugs just to keep up with his rivals who were using them. Armstrong shouldn't have to be demonized for wanting to win so badly, was just doing something other people were already doing.