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His legacy is tarnished but who is to blame?

It is pretty clear that cycling new exactly what was going on with Lance Armstrong but choose to ignore it and if it turns out that everybody used performance enhancing drugs and he was the best on an even-playing field how will you look at him?

It is pretty clear that cycling new exactly what was going on with Lance Armstrong but choose to ignore it and if it turns out that everybody used performance enhancing drugs and he was the best on an even-playing field how will you look at him?

On August 24, 2012 I sat at my computer and wrote an article defending Lance Armstrong. I wrote about how it was a travesty that one of the greatest athletes of all time has his Tour de France titles stripped from him and he was banned from cycling for life by the USADA for allegations of doping even though he had never failed a single test in his entire career.

Now it turns out I was duped, bamboozled, lied to. Armstrong admitted that he took performance enhancing drugs and not only covered it up but used his fame and power to threaten so many others while destroying lives in his path to winning seven-straight Tour de France titles and being known as the greatest cyclist of all time.

Lance Armstrong was an inspiration to so many people and while his work with Live Strong has done so many great things for cancer research his legacy as a cyclist will forever be tarnished as he is an admitted cheater and because of it his Tour de France victories have rightfully been taken away and the International Olympic Committee has stripped him of his 2000 Olympic medal.

Now it does not mean he did not actually win these events – nobody is being given victories instead of him and even if somebody was we would all know that Armstrong actually won those titles but he is no longer officially recognized as a seven-time Tour de France winner or Olympic medalist.

But let’s be a little honest here. I’m giving more blame to the International Cycling Union than Armstrong here because it is blatantly obvious that they knew what was going on but choose to ignore it the entire time Armstrong was dominating and putting their sport in the spotlight by never testing him and just letting it happen. It’s just like baseball, they let all of those guys go around using steroids and did nothing about it while baseball was so incredibly popular and dominating media but after the fact they decided to clean everything up and it is just a joke.

So will I look at Armstrong no longer as the greatest cyclist of all time? It’s hard to say right now because we don’t know how wide-spread the problem was. If he was the only cyclist to use performance enhancing drugs and dominated than sure, he should never been looked at the same again but if performance enhancing drugs winds up being a huge wide-spread issue in cycling then I will probably not care about Armstrong’s usage too much, just like how I still say Barry Bonds is more than deserving to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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