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On August 23, 2012 seven-time Tour de France-winner Lance Armstrong announced that he would not be contesting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges against him. He had adamantly denied doping allegations for years, as he had been accused of doping as far back as 1999.
In 2005, Armstrong stated, “If you consider my situation: a guy who comes back from arguably, you know, a death sentence [his 1996 cancer diagnosis and treatment], why would I then enter into a sport and dope myself up and risk my life again? That's crazy. I would never do that. No. No way.”
By not contesting, Armstrong was stripped of all of his tour de France victories.
Not long after, Armstrong publicly confessed to cheating by doping in a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He blamed it on his consumption of performance-enhancing drugs on his "ruthless desire to win." He called himself deeply flawed.
Armstrong began competing as a triathlete at age 16. His career as a professional cyclist took off in 1992. Just four years later, he was diagnosed with a metastatic testicular cancer. After beating cancer, he founded the Livestrong Foundation.
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