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Armstrong - Great feat but not a great athlete(7 posts)

Armstrong - Great feat but not a great athletePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 25, 2002 6:06 PM
This article makes you wonder if the guys ever been on a bike. And although I understand where he's coming from it also frustrates me. Heres the article:

However, I do agree with him. Lance is not the greatest athlete in the world. The greatest athlete in the world is a title that I think no athlete can truely take credit for, because each sport requires different physical attributes and talents. Ones which are impossible to quantify between sports and tally up to confirm a winner.

My 2 cents,
zzzzz....old news dude...collinsc
Aug 25, 2002 6:16 PM
dont get everyone around here all riled up again.
and i was having such a good day too..!Carbon fiber fanatik
Aug 25, 2002 6:50 PM
Just pumping your legs up and down? If that was all there was to it, everybody would be doing it. Now i'm slightly peeved. I'm gonna stop before I end up getting flamed. Let's see "jones" or "williams" or anyone else mentioned in that retarted article do so much as a century with out begging for mercy. Let alone at the speed of a pro peleton.

Perception being the key word here. In my opinion, Lance Armstrong is the best. Duh..won the tour 4 years in a row? hello? is this thing on? Respectively, Tennis has its great and basketball plain old sucks, but they all have their best too. Cycling to me, is the greatest sport known to man, so the best in my mind is a no-brainer.

Podium? Being a cyclist? you should be ashamed. Maybe you should trade your cleats in for a basketball and some golf clubs.

nuf said....
dude, relaxcollinsc
Aug 25, 2002 9:26 PM
we've read it all before, got all pissy and worked up, sent plenty of emails to the editor of this and many many many other publications. we all feel the same way. the guy is a dolt, but he was a dolt a few weeks ago. msnbc retracted that article with about 4 others and an online poll that showed 96% of the reading audience in agreement with you and I.

so, take a big breath and fuggettaboudit.
America (sigh)Mr Lou
Aug 25, 2002 9:51 PM
I wonder, to get a job at NBC sports do you have to know anything?

"This is a great feat in his sport, so good for him, but who really cares?"

Not to protect Lance, but it should sadden every American on this board that anyone (even a "journalist") would say something like that. Who cares? Well I can guarantee you that most of the world could care less about Jerry Rice. If you told the rest of the world that he played football they would in turn ask, "Wasn't he a great midfielder, or was he the goalie?"

Now for my argument against the fact that lance doesn't have what it takes to be an "athlete" (according to this guy)
"strength"-Would anyone like to measure the width of Lance's thighs
"speed"-speed is essentially how fast your legs can go through the motion of running, one Lance was a marathon runner so i dare say he has the speed, and two, what is it 110 rpms up a mountain that pretty darn fast on or off the bike
"agility"-well agility is a broad category, it is more or less how quickly you can react to something, but i think this guy is talking about footspeed or the ability to move quickly which lance may or may not have, but in terms of reaction, he seems to be able to miss other riders and or obstacles at 70+mph and keeping a paceline
"hand-eye-coordnation"-this goes hand in hand with agility and once again downhills and especially turns on TT course, and every thing else he does
"mental toughness"-the longest continuous sport is probably soccer 90mins with a 5min break, you dont have to stay focused for up to 6 hours. And I know no other athletes is essentially the captain and the coach.
"make your body defy description"-a heart that is larger than most athletes, a lung capacity that is unheard of, and he LIVED THROUGH CANCER.

Don't just ignore this crap. As an american you should be ashamed at our selfishness, as an athlete you should be angry at the total lack of respect for another athlete, as a cyclist you should be enraged at the total disregard for your sport, and as a human being you should be horrified at the total ignorance of an incredible story of human will power, dedication, and strength.

Me personally Im appalled
Nick, just get outa your cave in Afganistan? nm...spyderman
Aug 25, 2002 10:20 PM
You can bet...filtersweep
Aug 26, 2002 5:05 AM
you will NOT be the first to post some "anti-cycling" rant on this board. Someone with a hair-trigger will beat you to the punch.