Lance Armstrong has been dropped by Nike, which for years associated itself with him, after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it has no doubt that the seven-time Tour de France winner participated in doping. Armstrong also stepped down from his wildly successful cancer charity, Livestrong.
“I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation’s chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities,” Armstrong said in a statement Wednesday. “Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.”
So how did Lance Armstrong discover his passion for sports in the first place? Watch him explain, below:
“One of the best ways to find your gift, at least looking back on my childhood, was having great people around me – great coaches, great mentors,” Armstrong said. “My mom was very supportive. She was like a coach, a driver, a cook, a cheerleader, a friend, a mom, all those things. If it wasn’t for those people I never would have found my gift.”
In his statement Wednesday, Armstrong said he and his family will continue to continue their service with Livestrong and the cancer community.
“We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer,” he said.
New Livestrong President and CEO Doug Ulman said: ”Long before he became a household name, Lance Armstrong created a foundation to serve others facing the same fears and challenges he struggled to overcome as a result of his cancer diagnosis. …Lance has made this foundation and its cause – aiding people whose lives have been touched by this disease – his life’s work. His leadership in the cancer community has spurred immeasurable progress and it has been a great privilege to work shoulder to shoulder with him on a daily basis during his chairmanship.”
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