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Lance Armstrong isnt an ATHLETE ?(5 posts)

Lance Armstrong isnt an ATHLETE ?MaillotJaune4me
Jul 26, 2002 9:14 AM
Did any of you guys read the article wrote by Ron Borges of NBC sports. He claims that winning the Tour de France is indeed a great feat, but it doesnt take an athlete to do it!
He many times said that Lance Armstrong is not an athlete! He also not only put down Lance and other cyclists but also marathon runners, a sport which i believe is also for great athletes. He said that pumping your legs up and down doesnt make you and athlete! what is he thinking! he obivously doesnt know anything about the sport!
Even if you dont ride a bike, no one can say that lance armstrong isnt an athlete. This puts down not only lance but all cyclists.
He said that an athlete must have strengh, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, and mental toughness. Can anyone really say the lance armstrong doesnt have these qualities!I also think he forgot about an important quality, ENDURANCE.

you can read the article at

http://www.msnbc.com/news/785267.asp?cp1=1
CyclingNews.com responds to the articleRockyMountainRacer
Jul 26, 2002 10:52 AM
Footnote: Cheap shots at cycling
By Gerard Knapp

We have been inundated with email from readers pointing to a recent article published in the USA which takes a broad swipe at cycling and the Tour de France. While we appreciate the concern, I would suggest that the ignorance displayed in the article indicates it is not completely serious; rather, it is designed to generate a hostile response and a cheap ploy to boost traffic. Our attitude is that it is best to not even dignify it with a response.
Where's your sense of humor?...Kyle
Jul 26, 2002 11:40 AM
Come on, road biking fans can be a little, ahem, superior sometimes. And I don't except myself from this. After a particularly hard day of XC skiing, I once argued to my brother in law that baseball wasn't a sport (horizontal golf with steroids.) This was made that much more obnoxious by the fact that he was a professional baseball player at the time.

Put yourself in the shoes of your average American and you have to smirk a little at the people calling Armstrong the greatest athlete in the world. Is he as dominant as Jordan? What about that Russian wrestler whose lost once in his entire career? Heck, what about Roland Green? Does that guy ever lose a bike race?

I mean, Lance wins a few races a year (granted, big ones) and loses a few races a year. Is he even ranked #1?

Now, Eddie Mercx, on the other hand. Back in the day, you'd have had a good argument for him.
I don't mean to start something here...empacher6seat
Jul 26, 2002 7:06 PM
but baseball is a game, not a sport.
My opinion, that's all. No flames needed thanks.
a short, but true, story...merckx56
Jul 27, 2002 6:09 AM
Jon Kruk, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies, and a victim of testicular cancer!, was once sitting on the front porch of his house in a swanky neighborhood in downtown Philly. He was smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer. A woman walking her dog passed by and told him that he should have been ashamed of himself. He asked why? She then explained that he was an athlete and that people looked up to him. His response, and I quote, " Lady, that's great that people look up to me, but I'm not an athlete, I'm a ballplayer!" nuff said!