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Hurray for Lance Armstrong - Legendary Sports Icon - The Rancho Commons — LiveJournal
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Hurray for Lance Armstrong - Legendary Sports Icon
WooHoooo! Lance did it again! I worked last night, but I had to stay up today and watch the procession into Paris to finish the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong became the only man in its 91 year history to win it six times. And, he won it six consecutive times. His nearest competitor was 6:19 (yes, that's over six minutes!) slower than he was in the overall time. His feat is virtually unparalled in the entire athletic world, in my opinion. Wow.

If you haven't seen the ninety second version of his "Magnet" commercial for Nike, you should watch for it. You can view it online here, but it's best viewed on TV. It touches me because he shows kids in a hospital cheering him on, and because of the way the commercial ends. What can I say, I have a soft spot for kids.


I'm nearly done gushing. Please realize, this is one of only two or three sporting events I give any attention to at all. I like to watch the Superbowl, and the Tour. I've always had an attraction to bicycling since seeing the move "Breaking Away" when I was a kid. So, for all the celebrity worshipping and sports obsessing I don't engage in, allow me this simple entry; a tribute, as it were, to a man I couldn't admire much more for what he accomplished over the last 22 days.
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thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: July 25th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Laurie has one. ;) I keep telling her to hang her medalert charm off of it.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 26th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I wouldn't even know where to get one, other than the Nike site. Or, if his foundation has a web site, I'm sure they are there.

The Nike site actually had a link, but everything was backordered and in massive quantities only. I'd like to find a couple for the boys (okay, so I might wear one too! Geek that I am) but I expect they will be scarce for awhile in the aftermath of THE WIN, after which time they will be available, but totally uncool. (As if they are cool in the first place.)

Fortunately, cool is not a place I live, or try to live. I think cool is out West, closer to you, anyway.
From: recycling Date: July 25th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I just got done reading an article concerning just how much the French hate Lance Armstrong. I feel like e-mailing the French people en masse and saying something like, "He had CANCER, you French fucks! Not only that..he's even learned your language and you still can't like him? Do you WANT us to bomb you?"
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 26th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess it would be something akin to a Frenchman winning the Nascar championship six years running. At least, rednecks would hate him!

I haven't read such articles, though I'm not surprised that at least some French people dislike him. Let's call it by its true name, however, resentment and jealousy!

Fact is, even the great French riders must now acknowledge him as THE GREATEST bicyclist in the 91 year history of the Tour de France. That's gotta hurt.

FWIW, I don't really get any of the things that people like the French for, except their food. (I don't drink wine, so, bluh on that.)

From what I've seen Armstrong is a totally likeable guy. Then there's Sheryl Crow!
From: recycling Date: July 26th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's like..there's always Sheryl Crow. Sheryl Crow really hasn't been talked about so much, but she's everpresent..just when you don't think Sheryl Crow will be around..POW! There she is, with one of those yellow ribbons on her lapel and Erik Estrada-aviator sunglasses.

Actually, I just learned today that the wife that stood by Lance Armstong when he was fighting cancer..he unceremoniously dumped because he was this celebrity after that. Which sort of makes me side for the French in this instance, now.

Although Sheryl Crow is pretty hot..
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