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  • In this July 9, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong prepares to take the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 227.5 kilometers (141.4 miles) with a start in Montargis and finish in Gueugnon, France. Armstrong said on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, that he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career, a decision that could put his string of seven Tour de France titles in jeopardy.

      In this July 9, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong prepares to take the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 227.5 kilometers (141.4 miles) with a start in Montargis and finish in Gueugnon, France. Armstrong said on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, that he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career, a decision that could put his string of seven Tour de France titles in jeopardy.
    Associated Press/July 9, 2010

 
Associated Press

Born: Sept. 18, 1971 (Age 40)

Place of Birth: Plano, Texas

Family: Three children (Luke David 1999, twins Isabelle Rose and Grace Elisabeth 2001) with wife Kristin Richard. Divorced in Sept. 2003. Two children (Maxwell Edward 2009 and Olivia Marie 2010) with Anna Hansen.

Career

Seven time Tour de France winner from 1999 through 2005.

Retired from cycling in 2005.

Unretired in 2009 and finished third with teammate Alberto Contador winning the race.

Retired again in 2011.

August 23, 2012: USADA announced plans to strip Lance Armstrong of the seven Tour de France titles and ban him from cycling for life.

Health issues

1996: Diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. The tumors had spread to his abdomen, lungs, and lymph nodes. Began aggressive chemotheraphy, but more tumors were found in his brain. After having the tumors removed from his brain and more chemotheraphy he was declared cancer-free in 1997. Created yellow "Livestrong" bracelets to raise funds for cancer research.

Other achivements

2006: Ran in the NYC Marathon and finished in 2 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds.

At age 16, Armstrong became a professional triathlete, was the national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990. Won Half Ironman triathlon in Florida 2012.

Author of two best-selling autobiographies, "It's Not About the Bike: My journey Back to Life" (2000) and "Every Second Counts" (2003).

Awards

1999 ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

2000 Prince of Asturias Award in Sports.

2002 Sports Illustrated magazine name him Sportsman of the Year.

2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete.

2003 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality.

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