Lance Armstrong's rise and fall
November 12th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Lance Armstrong quits Livestrong entirely

Lance Armstrong has quit the board of his namesake foundation - the latest fallout from allegations of doping that brought about the cycling icon's epic downfall.

He chose to resign from the Lance Armstrong Foundation - known by the name Livestrong - "to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," according to a statement by Jeff Garvey, the foundation's chairman.

"We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families. We are beholden to the Armstrong family for the nearly $7 million in contributions throughout the foundation’s history. Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer."

Armstrong previously gave up his position as chairman in the wake of the growing scandal, but said he would remain involved.

Although the Tour de France has revoked the seven victories that made him a legend, Armstrong tweeted a photo over the weekend showing himself lounging on a sofa beneath the seven prized yellow jerseys.

He has long insisted he did not cheat, and attacked those who accused him of using illegal substances.  But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found "overwhelming" evidence that he was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."

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  1. Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater

    Livestrong spends more on advertising , consultants, legal fees than any sort of cancer research. In fact, the main goal of Livestrong is "raising awareness" for cancer. And by raising awareness, I mean "smoking can cause cancer" level awareness. Livestrong believes there are plenty of other foundations doing cancer research and remains a foundation dedicated to Lance's enormous and erroneous ego. Let's hope now that the cheater is gone that Livestrong helps "cancer victims and their loved ones" instead of holding summits, advertising and legal fees.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Check Your Judgements

      have you been to livestrong.org? They offer discounted fertility preservation across the nation for those who have been diagnosed and want to have a chance to have a family in the future, help with finding possible financial assistance and grants, emotional support, peer to peer matching and mentoring, clinical trial matching, and free consulting with oncology nurses who can help decipher labs and treatment options. All confidential and free of charge.

      That is ONLY what LIVESTRONG foundation provides direct service wise. The span of LIVESTRONG foundation goes much further. Sounds like you have no idea what the foundation actually does. The cancer world needs more people providing information and empowering individuals to access support rather than disseminating inaccurate and bitter statements.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      it's the same problem a lot of these cancer foundations run into, where they end up spending a majority of their budget on operations, advertising, "education" etc and not research. the thing is, there is value in building a brand. if you write a one-time $1M research grant, you'll get a few papers published and the next year you won't have another million. if you spend the money on ad campaigns and advocacy and give a fraction to researchers, then the next year you might have 2 million to work with. it's a slippery slope, but it's really the most effective way to run a foundation.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • draudio2u

      Livestrong Foundation is a "Top Rated Charity" by the Charity Watchdog http://www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html. Livestrong provides 75% or more to charity and earns an A- rating. Not bad considering we just witnessed BILLIONS wasted by the GOP, DNC. But besides the financial, Livestrong brings a lot of hope to those that need it most. Armstrong started a great thing because he knows what it is like to stair death in the eye, and the courage needed to survive (he had less than an 11% chance of survival). Regardless of his cycling career, Livestrong has grown beyond a single person, to a representation of humanity at its best in the face of some of our most trying moments life throws at us. It takes just one person to extend that helping hand, and Lance Armstrong was that person.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. slang68

    Way to go USADA you have done such a great job in your usless wich hunt. Mr. Armstrong never had to start this charity to help people he never had to put his name on it. But he did and now being forced to walk away because of your Proofless charges. Well great Job you did! Jerks!!

    November 12, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • i0dukkha

      It's OK. Denial is the first of the Five Stages of Grief

      November 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rundvelt

      Perhaps you should read the paper, it's very damning. Lance did dope. The reason he didn't fight it because he knew he was f'd. The only thing he could do was to say "I'm not fighting it, it's a sham" and hope that people were too lazy to look into it.

      People like you.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. time

    OMG
    Go away already. I'm sick of hearing about this meaningless dribble

    November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MD

      Well,
      1. It's "drivel".
      2. Then just don't read it.
      3. So you are the judge of what is meaningful for all of the world?

      You are probably the one who should go away.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna lee

      Yes, it's drivel and dribble .It's just a forum for supporters to deny reality.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • iPeg

      Agree.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Honest Abe

    Cheating in order to "win" sets the precedent that others must cheat to win. Where is the line drawn? When we are living in a world of cheaters, winning will mean nothing anymore.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Not Impressed

    GO AWAY ARMSTRONG!! You're a fraud and a cheater . . . go away!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sftommy

    Agreed...envy of accomplishment...America finds a way to destroy every hero and demolish every icon
    may I never publicly be known as either

    November 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      don't worry. Based on your blind eye towards a fraud and a cheat – you'll be neither.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      Since when does a professional athlete rate as a hero? What has any of them done while playing a game that is heroic? A bunch of arrogant, grossly overpaid, puffed-up egos making a living by not growing up hardly rates as a hero.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Look n Click

    1000s of pages of "evidence", sounds serious, but who has time to read them? Let's see how we would feel based on sketchy coverage by biased media outlets.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Johhny Appledope

    Maybe his doping led to his testicular cancer. Maybe, by doping to win, he influenced others to also dope in order to win, which may lead to them also getting testicular cancer. All actions have consequence and his selfish actions may have led others to harm themselves just to be able to win like he did.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DL

    My boss 'performance enhances' himself on 5-6 cups of coffee everyday – to the point of hyper-blabbering mindlessly & jumping from topic to topic – he looks busy but he's got the attention span of a gnat. I guess he appears sucessful to his boss (who does the same ritual everyday)

    November 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      Get back to work, David.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stickem

    All the cyclists cheated, they all doped so it was an even playing field. Lance Armstrong still a winner, he cheated the best. Who cares if they do steroids?

    November 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You can"t say they all cheated. If doping was an accepted part of the sport, then that would be OK. Armstrong lied to everyone about his doping and still has not admitted it to this day. Marion Jones went to jail for lying to a grand jury about doping, not for actually doping.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      Eggs-Actly.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wiz

    It's time for the USADA to check members of congress since congress is definitely acting out of their realm of inability to master anything meaningful to this country.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tathyana

    Both my children grew admiring LA and were so inspired by his achievements that became great athletes.
    That what it is important. All the good he did . Doping or not doping, he is an astounding athlete and person. Leave
    him alone!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      He is a cheater, and he lied about cheating.

      He did more than that. He bullied, harassed and threatened people to protect his cheating.

      Yes, he really did. In shocking ways.

      READ. THE. REPORT.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill D.

    I hope Lance doesn't have a complete meltdown like Charlie Sheen did.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      Actually, I'd kinda like to see that.

      And then maybe he could remake himself into a personal life coach and he and Honey Boo-boo could appear on a show together where he teaches her new ways to use her "special juice". Then they could start a performance enhancement school, and sell motivational pharmaceutical supplements, and give arrogance lessons.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Armstrong is a jerk.. we all know that. I love all these Armstrong wannabees who keep defending him. Get a life.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mpa

    They need to reorganize and ditch the name and the yellow bands. Thysignify something very different now.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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