How Do You Judge Lance Armstrong?
Lance Armstrong will confess to doping in a 2-part interview beginning Thursday night.
On one hand, Armstrong is a shamed cyclist. Thursday, the International Olympic Committee took away his Bronze Medal. He already lost 7 Tour De France titles, because of doping.
One the other, Armstrong is a cancer survivor, who raised $500 million through the Livestrong foundation, and inspired countless others.
In the prime of Armstrong’s career, doctors diagnosed Riley Caudill with stage-4 thyroid cancer.
"I had a very aggressive form of cancer. I was given a low survival rate, but I decided that I was going to fight it, and I was going to beat it.
Caudill owns Bike Green Lexington, and has worked in the bike business for about 30 years. Even before doctors diagnosed Caudill, he says he admired Armstrong. When Caudill needed to fight cancer, he says Lance really inspired him.
"From the word go, he fought this. He didn’t stop, and take the time to feel sorry for himself," said Caudill.
Caudill does not like the way Lance vigorously fought off doping allegations.
"If he’d not stepped on so many people, not hurt so many people, carried on in a proper fashion, he could have done more good than he already has," said Caudill.
While Lance Armstrong tarnished his cycling legacy. Livestrong remains Caudill’s motto.
"I keep this bracelet turned around, so that when I read it, it says Livestrong, not upside down to give to somebody else. It tells me to live strong every day, and I’ll never take it off. I’ll keep it on," said Caudill.
Caudill says it’s exceptionally hard for him to judge Armstrong.
he says he found Armstrong inspiring, but when it was time for him to fight, Caudill says Armstrong gave
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