by oneafrikan on July 25, 2005
I first got introduced to Lance Armstrong when I read his book, “It’s not about the bike”, and felt that this was someone that posessed something truly amazing, something unique in the world. I’m not a competitve cyclist, but I really loved his story, and the way he told it. He came accross as a no-nonsense straight talker with ambition, drive, determination and a willingness to get up after falling down. His mental toughness has been honed after many setbacks throughout his life, and this was certainly a theme throughout.
This year, after winning the Tour de France for the 7th time, I think he proved everyone wrong, gave hope to those who live and have been diagnosed with cancer, and showed athletes around the world that anything is possible. So, I take my hat off to him, and salute what he has done and the example he has set – I’m not sure we’ll see another athlete like him anytime soon; but the bar he has raised, and the trailblazing he has done, provide something to aim for, and that is what it’s all about.
I look forward to whatever he throws himself at next. Salu Lance ;-)