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Lance Amrstrong

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 2:09 pm
by CJT
If anyone has kids who "lookup" to baseball players, tell them the story of Lance Amrstrong. If you don't know the story yourself, get educated.

Lance is the definition of sportsmanship, pride, dedication and hero all rolled into one.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 2:43 pm
by Super GM
The guy had nut cancer and came back to win the Tour de France 4 times in a row. He just beat Jan Ullrich in the time trials today, so he's now on his way to claim his 5h victory in a row! The guy is just amazing! I have full respect for Lance Armstrong. He has my admiration! ;-D

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 3:00 pm
by ballgame
I was lucky enough to grow up in the same city as he did (Plano, TX) and oftened marvelled at how he was the subject of so much derision among his peers, because he was so driven to become the best triathlete in the world (he was a triathlete back then).

Athletes should NOT be role models for kids. So few ever become professionals, and those few that are gifted enough to become one are generally so coddled that they have no clue how the rest of the world lives, thus poor lifestyle skills.

Having said that, if your kids are going to look up to an athlete as a role model, you cannot pick a better example of how to live your life than Lance Armstrong. He embodies what is great. Persverance, hard work, dedication. I hope he keeps winning them.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 3:28 pm
by Nomar4prez
Personally, I would rather my kids look up to someone like David Robinson who is not only one of the best basketball players of our time, but also one of the best human beings.

...I'm not saying Lance isn't a great role model, but he doesn't speak publicly much(to my knowledge), and I haven't heard of him giving to charities. Again, I'm not saying Lance isnt a great role-model, but there are better ones.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:19 am
by zEli173
Nomar4prez wrote:Personally, I would rather my kids look up to someone like David Robinson who is not only one of the best basketball players of our time, but also one of the best human beings.

...I'm not saying Lance isn't a great role model, but he doesn't speak publicly much(to my knowledge), and I haven't heard of him giving to charities. Again, I'm not saying Lance isnt a great role-model, but there are better ones.


Armstrong has a book out which I haven't read, but I did see a very thoughtful and eloquent interview he did on the Charlie Rose show.

Although I really know relatively little (for a guy who is one of the most remarkable athletes of our time) about Armstrong there are few people in sports who strike me as a better role model.

As for Robinson, I have all the respect in the world for him as a competetor and as a social activist, but there are those of us who do not relate to his Christian sensibilities.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 9:07 am
by Super GM
He does a lot of charity stuff. He's donated so much money to cancer research and treatment for kids and stuff like that...

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:18 pm
by Transmogrifier
Nomar4prez wrote:Personally, I would rather my kids look up to someone like David Robinson who is not only one of the best basketball players of our time, but also one of the best human beings.

...I'm not saying Lance isn't a great role model, but he doesn't speak publicly much(to my knowledge), and I haven't heard of him giving to charities. Again, I'm not saying Lance isnt a great role-model, but there are better ones.


Not to take anything away from David Robinson, but Lance had testicular cancer, that spread into his lungs AND his brain. He had less than a 50 percent chance to live. Have you seen the SportsCentury show on him? He's on his bike, training, while bald with a HUGE scar on his head. Unbelievable.

And, he gives tons of money and his time to charity. To wit:

http://www.laf.org/

If I have any hero, it's him.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:22 pm
by Super GM
Amen Transmogrifier! He's been through some very hard times and managed to come back and win the tour 5 times in a row. And that after nearly dieing! He's my hero too!

Lance...

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:33 pm
by SombrioSport
But can he hit the curve ball?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:22 pm
by Nomar4prez
zEli173 wrote:
Nomar4prez wrote:Personally, I would rather my kids look up to someone like David Robinson who is not only one of the best basketball players of our time, but also one of the best human beings.

...I'm not saying Lance isn't a great role model, but he doesn't speak publicly much(to my knowledge), and I haven't heard of him giving to charities. Again, I'm not saying Lance isnt a great role-model, but there are better ones.


Armstrong has a book out which I haven't read, but I did see a very thoughtful and eloquent interview he did on the Charlie Rose show.

Although I really know relatively little (for a guy who is one of the most remarkable athletes of our time) about Armstrong there are few people in sports who strike me as a better role model.

As for Robinson, I have all the respect in the world for him as a competetor and as a social activist, but there are those of us who do not relate to his Christian sensibilities.


I'm not christian, nor do I care if he is. To me, that has little to do with what he does for his community. A person's religion is their personal matter and shouldn't determine what kind of person he is.

Again, Lance is an incredible athlete and human being, but his sport isn't well recognized in the U.S., and people don't truly understand how incredibly impossible it is to win 5 tour de france's. It's also hard to have a hero that you only get to see once a year.