Armstrong Case Essay

Points to make: 1. What was the issue? Who was cheated? A. The people who were not cheating b. The sponsors supporting those who were not cheating c. Bad image for the sponsors supporting those who did cheat d. Being forced into doping e. Public, as they weren’t witnessing a fair competition 2. Who is to blame? Teammates a. Authorities were doing far too little to take drastic measures to stop these athletes from making a mockery of the sport of cycling and doing significant harm to its long term credibility b.

The system was flawed, they needed to come hard onto the people doping but they didn’t and hence perpetuated this environment where to “level the playing field” you needed to dope c. The incident where Armstrong paid off I-OIC when he failed the tests I. Doping cover ups it. Lull’s Ticket to America – ticket too lot of money d. Needed to incentive the whistle-blowers, but seems like there was no incentive for whistle-blowers to come out clean either 3. Sympathetic view point a. Level the playing field – everyone was doing it b.

Grow up with a single dream as evidenced by Taylor Hamiltonians decision to race with broken collar bones and shoulders c. Lance doesn’t consider himself a cheat – looks up definition of cheat 4. Unsympathetic viewpoint – What about the idea that “others were cheating too” a. It is absurd, not only at an intrinsic level, but also when compounded by how Armstrong was willfully exploiting his narrative to become a symbol that transcended both cycling and sport, all while knowing he was guilty, and bullying and suing anyone who happened to speak the truth – for example Nikkei Ad b.

Not everyone was cheating c. Not everyone was cheating equally – those with more resources at their disposal ad better doctors and could get ahead of the cheating curve I. “Most sophisticated, specialized and doping program the sport has ever seen” I’. Blood doping – sophisticated, people who knew iii. Ferreira scientific knowledge resulted in a sophisticated doping program 5. Why did he reveal now a. Evidence was stacked against him b. A lot of people had come out with the same story c. Didn’t consider himself a cheat – looked up the definition off cheat – similar to having “air in our tires or… Eater in our bottles” 6. How can it be fixed? A. The only way to eliminate this choice is to put our greatest efforts into antedating enforcement. The choice to kiss your childhood dream goodbye or live with a dishonest heart is horrid and tearing. B. . It’s so easy for a young athlete to get wrapped up in that. Since Festive, nothing has really been done to change mentalities, to look at people’s motivation, the way the media covers sport – and those are the real causes of doping. C. So you’re saying that the war on doping is being d.

The media can’t and shouldn’t say that a guy is doping because he’s producing a certain number of watts. That’s not your role. I’m talking about something else. But I o think that Journalists could help us by proportioning athletes’ ethics and values, pushing those to the forefront of our discourse on sport. Then you create a virtuous circle: talk more about sports people’s ethics and more besides them winning or losing, and then sponsors who want to project those same values for their company will also come onboard. That’s something that we could change.

It might take 10, 15, 20 years but it’s achievable in my opinion Intro: American hero / cancer survivor who become a household name after winning 7 races and raising ton of $ and awareness for cancer -Cycling has a pervasive doping ultra, Armstrong gets involved as well – As medicinal technology improves to catch the dopers, Armstrong and his team innovate to find ways to not be caught- Anyone who comes in his way is sued and bullied into silence- Finally comes out with the evidence is too overbearing On the one hand, you empathic with him, when you think of someone who has devoted his life to a cause and to realize his dream he has to take these steroid and drugs or not remain competitive- But at the same time, realize that he is a cheat and he cheated the entire world for his 7 victories Lance Armstrong was an American ere. Not Just in the sense of a sporting icon, but a man that was raising money to save people’s lives and doing it in a hugely visible way. “l didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop the culture. And that’s my mistake and the sport is now paying the price for that. ” I looked up the definition of cheat, and it is to gain an advantage over a rival or foe, and I didn’t view it that way, I viewed it as a level playing field. Couple that with; (I) an extensive network of co-conspirators; (it) an environment that willingly or unwillingly turned a blind-eye toward doping; (iii) n unwillingness on the part of anyone in cycling to rock the boat, and; (v) the rapid rise (in a short timeshare) of prize and endorsement money, and you can understand why he evaded detection. Others were cheating too? The idea that the cheating of others somehow mitigates a significant portion of their guilt is absurd; particularly when Armstrong willfully exploited his narrative to become a symbol that transcended both cycling and sport, all the while knowing that he was guilty, all the while willfully suing anyone who happened upon the truth. There are many who will argue that the fact the athlete ranked 10th, 7th and 4th could have won the race exonerates a portion of Armstrong’s culpability, as I mentioned earlier.

In truth, all it does is demonstrate, that cheating was rife within the world of that particular sport and that the authorities were doing far too little to take drastic measures to stop these athletes from making a mockery of the sport of cycling and doing significant harm to its long term credibility. Where your argument fails is that he publicly slandered, defamed and damaged the careers of people who accused him of doping, and his having sued a newspaper for defamation and forced I’m sorry, but he’s ‘leveling the playing field’ so cheating is k? Sorry Lance apologists: this is moral relativism at its worst. WSDL you want your kid cheating in school because some other kids do? There can be no excuse for cheating. If we are talking about a victimless crime that’s one thing; if doping let him be the fastest weekend recreational rider that would be his business.

But it’s not: he misled investors, made a lot of money through deception, trashed innocent people whose only crime was telling the truth, arguably prevented some clean riders from placing higher, helped Arians the great sport of cycling and in general enriched himself at much cost to others. Think of the impact on young athletes considering a sport – -cycling cannot be helped by this. Think of who was #2 in SIS’S Athlete of the Year and how their life might have been impacted. The crocodile tear confession with Opera sounded a lot like the classic politician’s line: “I’m sorry you felt that way” – not real remorse but a calculated statement allowing a move toward some other goal – – consistent with Lance’s MO for the last decade (and I know how unbelievably talented he was and as a big fan).

If he wants to show true remorse, let him become an aggressive missionary for cleaning up the sport; donating his questionably acquired fortune toward PEED awareness programs, making no-fee personal appearances and basically behaving like a truly reformed criminal. So- I into buying it. I’m all about forgiveness when someone has a lapse in Judgment – – we all do. But this is more than that. At this point he needs to do more than talk. He needs to show he meaner it. UT it is also clear that winning isn’t possible if antedating regulations aren’t enforced. If you Just said no when the antedating regulations weren’t enforced, then you were deciding to end your dream, because you could not be competitive. It’s the hard fact of doping.

The answer is not to teach young athletes that giving up lifelong dreams is better than giving in to cheating. The answer is to never give them the option. The only way to eliminate this choice is to put our greatest efforts into antedating dishonest heart is horrid and tearing. I wasn’t hell-bent on cheating; I hated it, but I was ambitious, a trait we, as a society, generally admire. I had worked for more than Alfa my life for one thing. But when you’re ambitious in a world where rules aren’t enforced, it’s like fudging your income taxes in a world where the government doesn’t audit. Think of what you would do if there were no Internal Revenue Service. And think about the talented athletes who did make the right choice and walked away.

They were punished for following their moral compass and being left behind. How do they reconcile the loss of their dream? It was stolen from them. When I was racing in the ass’s and early ass’s, the rules were easily circumvented by any and all ? and if o wanted to be competitive, you first had to keep up. This environment is what we must continuously work to prevent from ever surfacing again. It destroys dreams. It destroys people. It destroys our finest athletes. They must know, without doubt, that they will have a fair chance by racing clean. And for them to do that, the rules must be enforced, and the painful effort to make that happen must be unending and competition, and that brings me great satisfaction.