Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong
11:46 am
Mon December 24, 2012

UK Newspaper Suing Lance Armstrong

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A British newspaper is suing Lance Armstrong for about $1.5 million over a settlement it reached with the  cyclist in 2004.

The Sunday Times paid Armstrong almost half a million dollars after he accused the paper of libel when it printed allegations that he used performance enhancing drugs.

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Top Stories 2012
2:44 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Top Stories of 2012: Lance Armstrong's Crash and Burn

Just layin' around: A tweet from Armstrong featuring his Tour de France jerseys drew the ire of the blogosphere.
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Here’s one Austinite that’s probably ready for 2012 to end: Lance Armstrong.

Cyclist, cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong found himself enveloped by controversy this year that ultimately lead to the erasure of his wins.

In February, federal prosecutors announced they had dropped a two-year investigation into whether Armstrong participated in doping. But later that summer, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a non-governmental watchdog of doping in sports, announced it was bringing its own charges of doping against Armstrong.

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Texas
12:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Texas Monthly's 2013 Bum Steer of the Year: Lance Armstrong

Never let them see you sweat: Your 2013 Bum Steer, Lance Armstrong
Texas Monthly

Here’s one accolade Lance Armstrong might not be so proud of: Texas Monthly’s annual Bum Steer of the Year Award

Austin’s Armstrong made international headlines this year when he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles due of doping allegations. “It’s something we wrestled with, for sure, but I don’t think anybody can really argue [with the fact] that there’s been a spectacular fall from grace for one of our heroes here in Texas,” Monthly editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein tells KUT News.

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Lance Armstrong
8:37 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Lance Armstrong's Foundation Drops His Name

Bracelets and memorabilia have long been emblazed with the 'Livestrong' logo.
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The organization Lance Armstrong founded to help those battling cancer has dropped his name.

A media representative for the organization confirmed to KUT News that the Lance Armstrong Foundation is now officially the Livestrong Foundation—a name that many already knew it by.

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Lance Armstrong
10:35 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Armstrong Out at Livestrong Foundation

Lance Armstrong has left the board of Livestrong, the charity he created.
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Lance Armstrong has fully stepped down from Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he helped create.

Armstrong stepped down as Livestrong chairman in in mid-October. He apparently resigned from the board on Nov. 4, although news outlets didn’t catch up with that news until this weekend.

The Washington Post spoke with a Livestrong official. He told the Post the move was necessary to preserve Livestrong's viability:

In a statement, new board chairman Jeff Garvey said Armstrong resigned from the board to spare the organization any negative effects resulting from the controversy surrounding his cycling career.

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The Lead
8:39 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The Lead: Veterans Day News, Armstrong Out at Livestrong

Good morning. This morning's chilly temperatures  aren't going anywhere; the National Weather Service says the season’s first freeze is expected in the Hill Country tonight. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on:

On Monday, state officials and business leaders will also gather at the Capitol to show gratitude. The event is part of Operation Enduring Opportunity, which encourages businesses nationwide to hire and recruit veterans and their spouses.

On Veterans Day, Americans salute those who have served this country in the armed forces. But service takes many forms: and this year, KUT followed one family dealing with military service. From the soldier whose family has served for generations dating back to World War I, to the family who had to learn how to live without him.

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The Lead
8:52 am
Fri November 9, 2012

The Lead: Helicopters OK'd for F1 (But Cap Metro Could Strike); SXSW Music and More

Good Friday morning to you. Austin’s in for a warm and breezy weekend until a cold front blows in Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on.

“Though it’s only November, the springtime music conference that takes over Austin each year, South by Southwest, is already beginning to take shape.  Thursday, organizers released the initial lineup.”

“Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith is working to do something about the thousands of service members affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). …

Smith is the founder of a new program to help promote soldiers’ healing through music. Texas Music Matters’ David Brown reports from a camp outside Fort Hood, site of a recent Songwriting with Soldiers retreat.”

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Lance Armstrong
2:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

World Anti-Doping Agency Won't Appeal Armstrong Sanctions

Lance Armstrong, in the leader's yellow jersey, during the 2001 Tour de France.
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Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 2:43 pm

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday that it won't fight the sanctions imposed against American cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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Lance Armstrong
11:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

No One Will be Named Tour de France Winner in Armstrong's Place

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
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The International Cycling Union (UCI) says no one will be named a winner for the seven years that Lance Armstrong finished first in the Tour de France.

The governing body of cycling is also calling on Armstrong and others accused of using performance-enhancing drugs to return the prize money they were awarded.

The UCI also announced today it will undergo an external review to determine whether it did enough to ensure Armstrong wasn’t doping.

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Lance Armstrong
6:28 am
Mon October 22, 2012

It's Official: Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles (Updated)

Armstrong has maintained that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
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This morning the governing body of cycling—the International Cycling Union (UCI)—agreed to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) banned Armstrong from sanctioned competition for life and moved to take away his titles but it was up to the UCI to make the final call.

The Associated Press reports that Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, has previously stated that the Tour will recognize any decision on Armstrong by the UCI.  Prudhomme stated that should the UCI decide to strip Armstrong of his titles, the Tour's record books will show no winner from 1999-2005.

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Lance Armstrong
2:36 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Livestrong CEO: 'We're Proud' Lance Armstrong Founded Organization

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:09 pm

  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on being proud of Armstrong
  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on the charity's mission

The CEO of the Lance Armstrong-founded cancer charity Livestrong tells NPR his organization remains proud that the cyclist and cancer survivor founded Livestrong in 1997 and wants him to remain involved in its work.

"He's our founder. He's been the inspiration for our work for so many years," Doug Ulman told All Things Considered host Melissa Block this afternoon.

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SPORTS
7:38 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Lance Armstrong Stepping Down As Livestrong Chairman

Lance Armstrong competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event, which raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Steve Ruark AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:43 pm

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stepping down from his role as chairman of the cancer-awareness charity Livestrong, the organization said in a press release today. (Update at 8:34 a.m. Separately, Nike dropped its sponsorship of Armstrong.)

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SPORTS
6:46 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Armstrong Doping Scandal: Some Cyclists 'Made The Right Choice' Not To Cheat

Former cyclist Scott Mercier has gained notoriety for refusing to go on a doping program 15 years ago. Here, Mercier (in blue jersey) rides just ahead of cyclist Chris Horner in 1997.
Jed Jacobsohn Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Reactions to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's recently released report on cyclist Lance Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs have ranged from denial to anger and disappointment. Some have said Armstrong merely did what it took to compete with pro racers, all of them chemically enhanced. But that's just not true, says Joe Lindsey, a contributor to Bicycling magazine.

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Lance Armstrong
2:52 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Details of Armstrong's Alleged Doping Outlined in 202-Page Report

Armstrong's attorneys have asked the USADA to release all its findings against their client, not just excerpts. The USADA's full report is expected today.
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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has released 202-pages of a report it is sending  to other athletic and cycling governing bodies today, Wednesday, Oct. 10 about Lance Armstrong's alleged doping. The report details what USADA says it's uncovered about the Austin cyclist’s use of performance enhancing drugs.

Armstrong has denied doping but stopped his legal fight against the charges in August. The International Cycling Union (UCI) will make the ultimate decision whether Armstrong will be banned from competition and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

In a statement about the report, USADA CEO Travis Tygart says the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team that Armstrong was a part of ran the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

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Lance Armstrong
1:07 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

USADA Says Its Lance Armstrong Files Are Almost Ready

The anti-doping agency that hounded cyclist Lance Armstrong says its case will be soon be submitted to the International Cycling Union.
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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) says it needs three more weeks to prepare and send its Lance Armstrong files to the International Cycling Union (UCI), promising to have the documents ready by October 15.

The USADA has accused Armstrong of cheating and recommended that his seven Tour de France titles be stripped. Armstrong has said he won’t fight the decision. The USADA does not have the authority to actually strip the titles. It can only recommend the sanctions to cycling’s international governing bodies.

USADA spokesperson Annie Skinner, in an email to KUT News this afternoon, says "USADA is in the process of finalizing the written reasoned decision in its U.S. Postal Services pro cycling doping case. We will provide the reasoned decision addressing the lifetime bans and disqualifications imposed to the UCI and [World Anti-Doping Agency] as provided for under world rules. "

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