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Tainted cyclist Lance Armstrong
had Livestrong charity lobby on
Capitol Hill on his behalf

New York Daily News, by Christian Red & Michael O'Keeffe

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Posted By:MissMolly, 10/24/2012 8:39:49 AM

Lance Armstrong has plenty of friends in high places, and he wasn’t going to go down without a fight. With pressure building from the United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation sent a lobbyist to Capitol Hill this summer to raise questions about USADA’s financing, mission and authority — even though USADA’s probe had nothing to do with the charity’s mission to assist cancer patients and their families. But the lines between Armstrong, Livestrong and Armstrong’s sponsors have long been blurred, and separating them is virtually impossible. Armstrong may not literally get a cut of every yellow Livestrong bracelet

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Catherine, 10/24/2012 8:50:08 AM     (No. 8957497)

Is there a reason for this? I'm not into guys riding bikes but did Armstrong really cheat? If so, why did he get away with it for 7 years and why are they yanking the wins now? Just curious. For the uninformed (me) - this seems like a witch hunt that is out of control.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: southernboy, 10/24/2012 9:07:58 AM     (No. 8957547)

#1 "..this seems like a witch hunt that is out of control…"

I agree. I haven't missed watching the Tour de France in years. If they all 'enhance' their performance, so what! It's (to me) an exciting event. Others watch baseball, football, basketball. Do any of these players 'enhance' their performance? Their endurance?
Armstrong may well be guilty as charged. There may well be justification for the years of harassment by the privately owned 'anti-doping Agency.' On the other hand, I suspect another agenda that's based on the idea that an American just should not do so well up against the 'rightful' winners of what might be considered an
European' sport. And make so much money!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Gloating, 10/24/2012 9:19:26 AM     (No. 8957585)

We watch every stage of the TDF and have for years. Lance was always disliked by the Europeons and those who did the testing . His strong personality and his success on the Tour were things they loathed him for. He was clever in hiding the drugs he took. To this day they have never found evidence he took anything. We all know he did though.Everyone on the Tour is dirty IMHO. I think they should just allow all drugs to be used and let the riders explode if winning means that much to them . You will never stop the drug usage on the tour .
It's a shame really . Lance has done more for raising awareness and money for cancer than almost anyone. Will his good works be diminished now? Sadly, yes.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dotty, 10/24/2012 9:20:52 AM     (No. 8957591)

Odd war against a hero fighting cancer. I think he might be a threat against the eugenicists. "Tainted" ? As opposed to whom?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 10/24/2012 9:32:34 AM     (No. 8957626)

The answer to #1 et al is that apparently he (and others) were using a synthetic version of EPO, a drug that increases production of red blood cells, that improve oxygen content of your blood (more red cells carrying more O2), that improves performance by getting more oxygen to muscles. That synthetic version was undetectable (though apparently the natural version was detectable) at the time by the tests available. But later tests allowed detection of the synthetic version, and when old blood samples were tested, there it was. And the testimony and admissions of his team mates supported the allegations as well.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/24/2012 9:45:11 AM     (No. 8957675)

He cheated and the cheating covered years and years. I can understand his fans really don't want to believe it, but he did, he cheated. And by doing so, he didn't earn all those titles and ribbons.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: never_convicted, 10/24/2012 9:48:54 AM     (No. 8957690)

He was a hero to me. Like a poster above, I watch every stage of the TDF every year. I always defended him, through Landis and Hamilton and the French accusations. He had enemies, and I always thought it was his sheer willpower and spirit that caused him to be hated by rivals. As it turns out, he was always a liar and a cheat, and a bully to boot. I hope he loses everything.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 10/24/2012 9:54:55 AM     (No. 8957708)

It wasn't just using PEDs. He was sanctioned for trafficking as well and there is testimony from over 25 people backing up the assertions.

So everybody was doing it? So what? The problems lie in that doping affects different people in different ways. It doesn't make everyone equal. In addition, USPS/Discovery team got advanced warning of drug tests and he was able to make the necessary adjustments. No other team or riders got the same warning.

Livestrong gave $100,000 to Planned Parenthood under the guise of promoting breast cancer screening. As we found out from the debates, PP does not do breast cancer screening. Soon after Livestrong made the donation, Eric Holder wannabe Andre Birotte dropped the DOJ fraud investigation.

Armstrong was using the charity Livestrong's money (actually other people's money who donated) to shield himself from criminal and doping charges.

The information is out there. If anyone wants the information, this is a good place to start. It includes Armstrong, Jon Cary, Diane Feinstein, the Clintons, and Obama. Written by a former Sports Illustrated and ESPN writer.

http://reader.roopstigo.com/view/roopster/story/595#/chapter/1/

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Edgelady, 10/24/2012 11:40:51 AM     (No. 8957978)

Armstrong created his own "church of scientology" through what he did and the bullies he had all around him who hid for him, and threatened for him -- this is all true.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tommyr, 10/24/2012 2:15:05 PM     (No. 8958469)

Just making sure that we all understand the USADA is a nongovernmental organization with closed membership and without open records and finance reports.











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Reply 11 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 10/24/2012 3:23:35 PM     (No. 8958629)

AFAIC, it's a continuing witch hunt on anything Texas.

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