Lance Armstrong

The most famous American cyclist of all time and perhaps one of the most beloved athletes in sports history, Lance Armstrong was initially written off when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. His Cinderella-worthy ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1971 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

The Armstrong Lie 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Simpsons 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

The BRICK Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

You, Me and Dupree 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2004 ESPY Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lance Armstrong: Competing With Cancer 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The most famous American cyclist of all time and perhaps one of the most beloved athletes in sports history, Lance Armstrong was initially written off when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. His Cinderella-worthy story of a post-cancer return to cycling and subsequent international domination of the sport made him a folk hero, and as the founder and face of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, he earned the goodwill of millions as well as raising immense funds for cancer research thanks to the sales of his yellow rubber "LiveStrong" bracelets. Hugely successful at raising cancer awareness and funds for research on a global scale as well as cycling, Armstrong won the Tour de France an astounding seven times. Famous and respected to an extent rare for a professional athlete and unheard of for a cyclist, Armstrong publicly dated singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and played himself in films including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004) and "You, Me and Dupree" (2006). Despite his nearly universal appeal, Armstrong was not without his detractors. In 2010 a federal investigation into allegations of doping by the cyclist was launched. Armstrong denied all charges, but after two years of scrutiny, Armstrong withdrew his opposition to the case in 2012 and was officially stripped of all seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport later that year. He eventually came clean in 2013, admitting to doping. It was a sad footnote to the athlete's career, although the world knew better than to ever assume that Armstrong was down for the count.

Relationships

Isabelle

Daughter
Born Nov. 20, 2001; twin of Grace Elizabeth; mother, Kristin Richard

Grace

Daughter
Born Nov. 20, 2001; twin of Isabelle Rose; mother, Kristin Richard

Sheryl Crow Actor

Companion
Began dating 2003 Engaged September 2005 Announced split Feb. 3, 2006

Luke David

Son
Born Oct. 12, 1999; mother, Kristin Richard

Kate Hudson Actor

Companion
Dated during summer 2008 No longer together

Kristin Richard

Wife
Married May 8, 1998 Divorced November 2003

Milestones

2013

Admitted to doping during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey

2013

Release of Alex Gibney's revealing documentary, "The Armstrong Lie"

2012

Charged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with doping and trafficking of drugs, based on blood samples and testimonies from other cyclists; received lifetime ban from sport and was stripped of seven Tour de France titles and Olympic medal; a

2011

Announced second retirement from competitive cycling while facing a U.S. federal investigation into doping allegations

2009

Made a career comeback; placed 3rd in Tour de France

2007

Co-founded charity organization Athletes for Hope with fellow sports superstars including Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and more

2006

Ran the New York City Marathon, finishing in 856th place; ran again in 2007 and placed 232nd

2005

Announced retirement from professional cycling

2004

Made feature film debut with cameo in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"

2002

Named Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year

2000

Won bronze medal in time trial competition at 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

1999

Won seven consecutive Tour de France races

1998

Cancer went into complete remission; resumed training

1997

Established the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which supported people affected by cancer; Foundation sold yellow "Live Strong" bracelets to raise money for cancer research

1996

Diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer; underwent an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle

1996

Placed 12th in the road race at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA

1993

Became one of the youngest riders to ever win the UCI Road World Championship

1992

Placed 14th in road race competition at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain

1991

Won the U.S. Amateur Championship for bicycle racing

1989

Became a professional triathlete; won national sprint-course triathlon in 1989 and 1990

At age 12, began sporting career as a swimmer at the City of Plano Swim Club

Bonus Trivia

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On Aug. 25, 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) banned Armstrong from the sport of cycling for life and potentially stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal. USADA charged the athlete for the use and trafficking of banned substances, including steroids and blood doping. Armstrong adamantly denied the allegations, but decided not to fight the doping charges in court. "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now," Armstrong said in a statement. In October 2012, just a few months after the doping scandal broke, Nike ended its contract with Armstrong. The athlete also stepped down as chairman of the cancer-fighting charity organization Livestrong. Only days later, the governing body for international cycling, UCI, upheld the USADA charges and Armstrong was officially stripped of all titles and banned for life. Armstrong admitted to all doping charges during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey on Jan. 17, 2013.

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In January 2013, the International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of his 2000 Olympic bronze medal due to the doping scandal.

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