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Armstrong named CNN/SI Sportsman of the year...(22 posts)

Armstrong named CNN/SI Sportsman of the year...Akirasho
Dec 8, 2002 1:06 PM at eleven...

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Huh? Cycling's not a sport. . .js5280
Dec 8, 2002 1:36 PM
;-) VIVE LANCE!!!!

Check out this poser. . .
Lance won this today.teoteoteo
Dec 8, 2002 5:24 PM
Though this is last year's Du pic Lance won today just beating out a pal o' mine. The funny part was Lance lost time on the bike and won it on the runs. Not surprising though as course was twisty singletrack and second was Pro mtb'er. The whole team was pretty chill today, all of them kept telling me it was for fun. I'll post you guys some good stuff in the next few days but I am still putting some articles together and have to save the best for those who pay me.

It was funny watching the boys make tactical boo-boo's and laugh it off. Floyd hitting the transition at warp speed and not dismounting. Then the Georgie with nose wheelie move to stop just in time.
Who are you writing for...? (nm)Gregory Taylor
Dec 8, 2002 8:04 PM
Who are you writing for...? (nm)teoteoteo
Dec 8, 2002 9:10 PM
Du stuff will go to VeloNews, been a freelance geek with them a few times and hopefully a few more.
Cool (nm)Gregory Taylor
Dec 9, 2002 2:29 PM
Lance won this today.swvegg
Dec 8, 2002 9:09 PM
By your pal do you mean Jason Sager? I know Sager a little, too. You from the Austin area? Race any?
Lance won this today.teoteoteo
Dec 8, 2002 9:15 PM
I am an Austin geek and I did mean Jason. He's a good kid..and a fast one too. In my best years (read into this long gone)holding Jason's wheel was not more than a two or three minute reality. Hence me finding another way to make money with racing.
Hey, where's their bikes? Did they forget to bring tubes with them? nmKristin
Dec 9, 2002 8:10 AM
'Weight weenie' Armstrong cuts equipment weight by 15lbsOffTheBack
Dec 9, 2002 9:33 AM
About time!Tig
Dec 8, 2002 4:19 PM
I watched the presentation show off and on but expected them to overlook Lance yet again. His is a story (on going) that is way above of even the greatest athletes. Lance is da man!
Is it bad that I knew last week and didn't share?teoteoteo
Dec 8, 2002 5:12 PM
There will be a be article by Rick Reilly who has won numerous awards including National Sportswriter of the Year. He came into my (the one I work in)shop to get outfitted to ride with Lance. No less than 3 times did he ask me "is this stuff supposed to fit so tight?", they had a film crew along for the ride so it ought to be good.
... take this wet noodle...Akirasho
Dec 8, 2002 7:43 PM
... and flog yourself about the head and neck till tired...

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Now the truthteoteoteo
Dec 8, 2002 9:21 PM
Reilly was tight lipped but the film crew spilled the beans saying he won...wasn't sure how much to trust them as I had never met any of them.
Is it bad that I knew last week and didn't share?TypeOne
Dec 8, 2002 9:21 PM
Wish you would have tipped us off. I hope I like Reilly's piece this week - I usually do. I have my 12/25/89 SI when Lemond won SOY up on the wall here, so I'll have to add this latest issue.

And I had resigned myself to the real possibility that Barry Bonds or Serena Williams would win it. Way to go, LA.
About time!rdbkr
Dec 9, 2002 12:25 AM
With all due respect to the women's soccer team who won the honor in 1999, Lance should have won it back then. His accomplishments transcend the world of sport.
re: Armstrong named CNN/SI Sportsman of the year...Woof the dog
Dec 9, 2002 1:40 AM
So what, just because the guy has good genes he should be honored? Sure he worked hard etc etc. but so do many other people out there. This world of "i am better than you" is seriously getting on my nerves.
honors are strange bedfellows in a society based on equalities..Akirasho
Dec 9, 2002 2:29 AM
So what, just because the guy has good genes he should be honored? Sure he worked hard etc etc. but so do many other people out there. This world of "i am better than you" is seriously getting on my nerves.

... I agree... to a point...

While I agree, that with over 6 billion souls on board, the concept of "best" anything is fundamentally meaningless, such accolades do push this particular sport into the public consciousness which is probably a good thing.

As I posted over at "Bicycling's" forum, there's plenty of untapped talent in this world to cover virtually any such award that may never even see the opportunity (while I loathed the "American Idol" series, it illustrated the point well... rising to the top of one's game is basically... "luck"... force of will alone generally gets you a padded cell (walked that road a bit myowndamnself)).

Despite an underlying principle of "freedoms" in US (and many other) society... we still bow a bit to public opinion... without some form of popular (again, noting that with this many people on the planet, "popular" doesn't mean a "vast" or "majority"... merely tolerance) support, today's culture will literally grind you under it's heel.

Still, being a bit biased, and appreciative after doing half mile climbs at pedestrian speeds... then stopping to cough up a lung at the top... allows me to appreciate Armstrongs accomplishments...

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
That's true for every gifted athelete.Sintesi
Dec 9, 2002 6:36 AM
That's why they call them "gifted." DUHHH, woof. SI should only honor mediocre pikers who try real hard, right? Sheesh.
"i am better than you"noveread
Dec 9, 2002 8:05 AM
"i am better than you"

Okay, I'm a little confused, isn't AOY about an athlete? You know, one that competes? And competition is all about what? Winning!

re: So whatrdbkr
Dec 9, 2002 8:14 AM
The whole idea behind these types of awards is not so much about the athletes themselves, but about the impact they have upon the world outside their sport. The U.S. womens soccer team, for example, gave a sense of possibility, hope, empowerment,etc. to millions of young girls around the country to pursue their dreams.

Lance's influence goes even further, into the real world of cancer. God forbid, any of us should get cancer, but if we do, I'll bet many of us will think of Lance's story and draw strength from it.

The possibility that awards like this can even contribute to saving lives, makes them worthwile.
re: So whatTypeOne
Dec 9, 2002 9:32 PM
Agreed. That's what I always thought the SOY was about - Athletes whose accomplishments are bigger than the venue in which they compete. So there was an argument to be made for the women's soccer team in 1999, or Tiger in 2000, but Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson last year? That one threw me.
As several people have said, there's no right or wrong selection for subjective awards like this.