Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lance Armstrong to return for eighth stab at Tour de Francè title

It seems that in the world of sports, if you're proven as an elite specialist, then you'll more than likely rattle the definition of "retirement" at least once.


Earlier this week, Lance Armstrong broke the breeches of retirement by announcing he will be making a second comeback, joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Brett Favre and Dara Torres, just to name a few. A testicular cancer survivor, Armstrong will be aiming to win his eighth Tour de Francè and his first since making race history by earning his seventh consecutive victory in 2005.

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"I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden," the seven-time Tour de France champion said in a statement issued by his LiveStrong Foundation.

While post-retirement comebacks generally make me cringe, I must say for the record I'm all for this move by Armstrong. Though he has already cemented his legacy years ago, Armstrong is more or less concerned on adding on to his list of accomplishments.

If anything, I believe at the heart of Armstrong's comeback is the motivation to drive home an important and encouraging message, primarily to cancer survivors, by providing them hope and confidence that they can overcome and keep on overcoming physical and emotional battles to achieve individual goals and even greatness.

And yes, I would imagine there is still that burning competitive side to him that desperately wants America and the world to know he still has it in him. But in Armstrong's case, I would hope ego is less of a player in this Tour de Francè than in previous ones.

If he does go on to win his eighth championship, there's no doubt in my mind it will go down as his greatest victory.

~ Cameron Fry





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