The Armstrong Lie

>> Sunday, November 13, 2016

This is another one I checked out of the library. It sat on my shelf for at least a week. I only watched it last night because I wanted something in the background while I was studying herbs. That and I wanted to at least "watch" something before returning a bunch back to the library. I'm behind on all my studying because I thought I was going to get a good study day in on Wednesday, but I was still recovering from the news that the vulgar talking yam was elected POTUS.

Anyway...this is a good documentary, but I don't find it compelling all that much. The main reason for that is that I remember hearing the allegations and people saying back in 2005 that Armstrong was doping. And the people who were saying it seemed like legit people. I remember someone admitting to seeing Armstrong dope when he won the Tour de France, and that was back when I was listening to NPR regularly. People didn't want to believe it then because...CANCER. He survived cancer. And he got a lot of whitewash public relations because of it. But I began believing back then that he was a fraud. I know basically everyone else at the front of the pack was doing it too, but it's the shameless fronting like he was a hero that has always annoyed me.

I remember when some of this came out in 2005, and there were people who just did not want to believe. They wanted to argue that you can reach your dreams and goals no matter what you had to overcome in life. I don't disagree with that, but Lance's main problem is that he's a fucking asshole. Would we really know about all this if he hadn't been such a fucking asshole? If he had been a nicer person to some of those people who testified and didn't try to blacklist them, then how much of this would have made it to the clear light of day?

I do agree with Betsey Andreu, who I think mentioned in the Q&A on the dvd, that Lance probably got his testicular cancer because of performance-enhancing drugs. It would make sense. I also agree with her in that Armstrong's success via doping subtly encourages other athletes to do it, which is sad. Racing and competitive sports might be something that you do when you're young, but your health is forever. Ask old people and they'll tell you: don't get old because losing your health sucks.

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