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Lance Armstrong – Anything is Possible

Posted on: April 18, 2007

Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. He won the Tour de France—cycling’s most prestigious race—seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005. In doing so, he beat the previous records of five wins by Miguel Indurain (consecutive) and Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil, (all non consecutive). He accomplished this after undergoing brain and testicular surgery, and extensive chemotherapy, to treat testicular cancer that metastasized to his brain and lungs in 1996. Doping allegations dogged Armstrong throughout his career, but he has consistently denied ever taking performance enhancing substances.

His doctors told him that he had less than a 50% chance of living. After his recovery, one of his doctors told him that his actual odds of living had been considered to be smaller, around 3%, and that he had been given the estimate primarily to give him hope. Three years later, after much recuperation and the loss of his left testicle, he went on to win his first Tour de France title.

One of his reknowned quote: Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.

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