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      In my mind, the definition of a hero is Lance Armstrong. He has accomplished so many things and inspired so many people. He survived a life-threatening disease, and has lived a very complete life, still giving so much to others.

He is a great teammate and a brilliant leader. He gave his winnings from races to his teammates. Armstrong knew he could win only with their help. Even though he has retired, he still helps coach the team. Many people idolize him because of what he has accomplished.

Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer at 25 and didn’t just survive but went on to again win the hardest cycling race in the world, the Tour de France. He has raised money for cancer patients with his clothing line, Livestrong. He also founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation and has helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

He has won the Tour de France seven times, which is an enormous accomplishment for anyone, especially one who survived cancer. It is said to be the longest and most grueling race in all of cycling. Only the best are invited. He started out as a helpful teammate and then became a leader. He has also won the Tour of Georgia. While he was racing, he would also train extremely hard for the Tour de France because he did not want to lose or even be the runner up.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised $14.4 million for cancer research and started a center for cancer survivors. His contributions may help find a cure. I know that’s what he is hoping for.

As you can see, Lance Armstrong has many qualities that make him a hero. He is a good leader with goals. He is an inspiration to kids and adults. He does all of this without being overconfident and cocky. I can guarantee that he will try his hardest to find a cure for cancer and help its survivors. Even though I’m not an avid cyclist, I find his life very inspiring.


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WilliamNThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 3 at 1:01 am:
While he is a good role model otherwise, he still took performance-enhancing drugs.
 
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Kayla1970 said...
Sept. 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm:
lance armstrong is a cheater and a lierer. He is not a good rolemodle.
 
DavidFox replied...
Mar. 27 at 11:47 pm :
Shut Up! Lance Armstrong is a good person who has saved an incredible amount of lives!
 
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Moooonshine said...
Jan. 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm:
Care to revise your article about his hero status?
 
Hannah_d replied...
Feb. 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm :
Not to say i condone using drugs to cheat in professional sport but the fact still remains that many of the non-cycling community took this at face value and immediately denounced Lance Armstrong without bothering to even look at background information. Many people are under the impression he was the only one using drugs and was the 'ring leader'. Many of his fellow team mates were also on drugs and as much to blame as he was.  Apart from anything else Lance Armstrong was an ama... (more »)
 
Alex_macy_ replied...
Oct. 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm :
Yes Lance wasnt the only one in his team taking drugs but he admitted on a live television segmant that he bullied his team-mates into taking drugs and wasnt afraid of getting caught Lance Armstrong did wrong and has proved that yes he won 7 consecutive Tour De Frances but he probably isnt the best role-model to have, maybe at the time when he didnt admit that he was using drugs but not anymore 
 
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