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If you were a journalist....(5 posts)

If you were a journalist....tirider
Jul 22, 2002 8:11 AM
....what would be the one question you'd ask Lance?

Mine would be:
Lance, are you going to encourage or discourage Luke (his son) if he shows any interest as he gets older in racing bicycles? Isn't there any part of you that wonders if he is genetically disposed to excel at the sport?
Ok, Ok... that was two questions.
My pathetic encounter with greatnessmr_spin
Jul 22, 2002 8:29 AM
I did the Ride for the Roses in 2000 and got to meet Lance at an autograph session. I didn't want to ask him questions everyone asks (how does it feel to win the tour, etc.), so I tried to think of something original. When I reached him, I still hadn't thought of anything original, and I refused to ask him anything tired or dumb. All I could think of to say is "'re doing good work here." It's possible he didn't even hear it because I kind of mumbled it.

That was it. My encounter with greatness.

Since then, I've had a lot of time to think of a good question for the next time I meet him. After reading his book, he talks about how his mom taught him how to tell if spaghetti was done by throwing it against the wall. He doesn't explain how to interpret the results, so my question for Lance is: "Is the spaghetti supposed to stick, or is it NOT supposed to stick?"

By the way, if anyone knows the answer, don't tell me. I want to hear it from Lance!
spaghetti (warning spoiler, er boiler, ahead)AllisonHayes
Jul 22, 2002 9:36 AM
I can't believe you don't know the answer to that question. Everybody knows how to test spaghetti. You just throw it against the wall and if it ******************, its ready.

The secret to perfect pasta? Cook it al dente. You test by biting into it. Al dente refers to the desired texture of cooked pasta in Italian cooking. It literally means "to the tooth". When the pasta is cooked al dente, there should be a slight resistance in the center when chewed.

(no, I won't spoil whether it should stick to the wall or slide down it for you--just joshing.)
re: If you were a journalist....Lance_Armstrong
Jul 22, 2002 8:37 AM
Its really up to him, but I wouldn't encourage or discouragehim. I'd let him make his own decision. I do wonder that sometimes. Oh, and spaghetti is supposed to stick.
I AM a journalist, and . . .cory
Jul 22, 2002 1:21 PM
...I can't think of one. I hate celebrity interviews, because it's almost impossible to ask a question the subject hasn't heard 200 times before, and anybody who's been in the public eye for long will have canned answers.
Lance seems to be more intelligent and thoughtful than a lot of athletes (baseball and hockey players tend to be the worst),so something might come out of it, but it wouldn't happen in a short, one-time interview.
What I'd like to know personally, though, is the same thing I wonder about elites in any field: What drives you to work so hard? Whether it's math or acting or cycling or football, it's SO HARD to be in the top 1 percent that I wonder what motivates people to do it.