|Birthname||Lance Edward Gunderson|
|born on||18 September 1971|
|Place||Plano, Texas, 33n01, 96w42|
|Timezone||CDT h5w (is daylight saving time)|
American athlete who became the second American ever to win the Tour de France on 7/25/1999, pedaling 2,287 miles to victory. His feat is particularly impressive as he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in diagnosed with cancer of testicles, abdomen, lungs and brain 10/02/1996 and started chemo give days later but with little hope of surviving. The disease was well advanced and had already spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. Doctors gave him a 40% chance of recovery - and no chance of returning to his sport.
Armstrong endured four rounds of chemotherapy, an operation to remove two lesions on his brain and another to remove one testicle 10/03/1996 at St. David's Hospital, Austin TX. By early 1997 the cancer was gone, a victory for modern medicine and a triumph of Texas will.
Lance was an uncanny athlete even as a boy growing up in suburban Plano, TX. He excelled at triathlons and took a U.S. amateur cycling title before becoming World cycling champion in 1993. In strong good health in 1996, he did not see a doctor until he was spitting blood and the cancer had already spread. He attacked the illness as he had every challenge, by learning all he could and using all his recourses. He also started a charity foundation dedicated to cancer awareness.
Lance, 27, finished the grueling cross-country trek more than seven minutes ahead of 180 athletes, including his nearest competitor, three-time champ Greg LeMond, to capture cycling's equivalent of the Super Bowl.
His wife Kristen was seven months pregnant with their first child, conceived with sperm that Lance put into a bank prior to starting chemo. A movie was in the works and he signed a $400,000 book deal. On 10/12/1999, his son Luke David arrived a healthy two weeks early.
In the fall of '99, Armstrong contracted to endorse "Wheaties" cereal by appearing on the cover. He will donate the $25,000 endorsement fee to the "Lance Armstrong Foundation" for cancer research.
His book, "It's Not About the Bike," was published in June 2000 by Putnam Books. Armstrong entered and dominated the 2,254-mile, 23-day race of the Tour de France in July 2000. Effectively dominating the field in each day, clearly the strongest rider in the world, each day found Armstrong slowing to allow an international teammate to take the victory of the day. His coach, Chris Carmichael is quoted, "He's come to win the war, not kill everyone in every single battle." Clearly ahead and clearly dominating the field, he has tactfully allowed other international competitors to win a day of each of their own victories. Finally, the 28-year old Texan, takes the second year in a row victory of the Tour de France on 7/24/2000. His closest competitor, Jan Ullrich, was quoted as saying, "Armstrong is a worthy champion. He was the strongest man, and he met our every attack. He earned his victory."
A motorist in the So. of France ran into Armstrong 8/29/2000 destroying his bike and shattering his helmet. Armstrong suffered only cuts and bruises and will still be able to compete in the Sydney Olympics.
On 7/29/2001, Armstrong won his third straight Tour de France, ending three weeks of grueling competition that saw the Texan establish total domination over the world's toughest cycling event.
"After surviving 12 tumors on your lungs, two on your brain and a cancer-ravaged testicle the size of a lemon,
the French Alps start to look like speed bumps ..."
His wife Kirstin, became pregnant again with twin girls.
In late July 2002, even sports reporters in France were calling him "The Boss," as the Texan cyclist glided into Paris and won his fourth Tour de France.
On July 27, 2003, with a total time of 83 hours, 41 minutes and 12 seconds, Armstrong captured his fifth consecutive Tour de France title after conquering a stomach flu, a crash, and close competition. Although he won by a mere 61 second, he maintained an average speed that broke his own record as the fastest in Tour history (25.38 mph). Only the second cyclist to win five consecutive races in the 2,125 mile Tour, he is already planning for his sixth win in 2004.
On September 4, 2003, the super-cyclist and his wife of five years announced that they are filing for divorce.
On July 25, 2004, Armstrong became the first racer in the 101-year history of the Tour de France to win this important and grueling race six times.
On April 18, 2005, the renowned cyclist announced his plans to retire from competition after the 2005 Tour de France in July whether he won or lost. Indeed he won. On July 24, 2005, taking his 7th championship, he marked an unprecedented number of consecutive wins in the grueling race. With the win, he officially resigned from competitive cycling.
On August 31, 2005, he proposed marriage to his girlfriend of two years, musician Sheryl Crow; she accepted. The engagement was short-lived: on February 3, 2006 the couple announced that they were splitting up.
On June 4, 2009 he and his girlfriend Anna Hansen welcomed a son named Maxwell.
- opponent/rival/enemy relationship with LeMond, Gregory (born 26 June 1961)
- child relationship with Armstrong, Luke David (born 12 October 1999)
- child relationship with Twins, Armstrong (born 20 June 2001)
- Work : Prize 1993 (World champion)
- Relationship : Divorce dates 1999 (from first wife)
- Work : Contracts, agreements 1999 (endorsement contract for Wheaties cereal)
- Family : Change in family responsibilities 12 October 1999 (son Luke was born)
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- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2000 ("It's Not About the Bike")
- Relationship : End significant relationship 3 February 2006 (Engagement to Sheryl Crowe broken off)
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- Family : Change in family responsibilities 4 June 2009 (Birth of son Maxwell)
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Arlene Nimark quotes NYTimes 7/26/1999, time unknown, Lance is the son of Linda and Terry Armstrong (now divorced). Donna May (12/2001) quotes his autobiography (with Sally Jenkins), "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life" in which he gives his mother's maiden name as Linda Mooneyham and biological father's last name as Gunderson and notes that his parents were married at the time of his birth, though split up before he was two years old. He mentions biological father as route manager for Dallas Morning News. Plano or Oak Cliff, TX.
Though his birthplace has been indicated in various places as Plano, Texas, he speaks in the book of early years first in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas. Lance Armstrong's own book, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: My Journey Back to Life -- by Lance Armstrong, In an interview with Playboy magazine July 2005, the interviewer says, "Your father took off efore you ever knew him, and you've said you don't want to know him. You dismiss him as the DNA donor." But what if he gave you your physical attributes?" Lance responds "I don't think he's athletic. All I needed was my mom, who got pregnant at 17 and never quit on her baby--me."
- Traits : Body : Aerobic exercise
- Traits : Personality : Courageous
- Traits : Personality : Disciplined
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (for cancer)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces
- Family : Parenting : Birthing - Fertility problems (testicular cancer; wife was inseminated with his banked sperm)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
- Lifestyle : Work : Hazardous work
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
- Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (racing team)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
- Vocation : Sports : Race Bikes
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
- Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Tour de France championships)
- Notable : Famous : First in Field (first American to win Tour de France; first to win six consecutive Tours)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession