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. Beavis

    If everyone cheats and he was the best cheater doesn't that mean he's still the best? I don't get it.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jaysfan

    One thing that we are ALLLLLLL FORGETTING.

    You put aside all the doping, cheating and lying and what do you get? An individual who survived Cancer....AND most importantly dedicated a good portion of his life to bringing awareness, funding money...and making the "LiveStrong" foundation known around the world. Which he did successfully.

    If cheating, doping and lying had to be done to create all that awareness, in all honestly ID DO IT IN A HEART BEAT!!!!

    THE CAUSE IS WHAT'S IMPORTANT, NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. I will never stop donating to the cause and I will wear my band proudly because it stands for the awareness of Testicular cancer it doesn't stand for "Lance Armstrong"


    November 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarahfalin

      Poor lance everyone just making up stories about him. He is the only one that is telling the truth.

      You Lance robots are hilarious morons

      November 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GianCarlo

      Really!!!!! you freaking can't be must be a have to be, to think in that matter.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Uarrntrite

    Eat it USADA

    November 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sarahfalin

    Yes kids it is OK to cheat as long as you do something positive.
    They cancel each other out. So you can cheat on a test at school as long as you help an old lady across the street.
    Great message.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chase

    Thanks for this breaking news that happened two weeks ago CNN.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarahfalin

      He stepped down as head of the board several weeks ago, now he is leaving it altogether.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Norc

    Guys, you have your head in the sand. Read the overwhelming evidence in the last issue of Sports Illustrated.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Smith

    Ok. But his name is ARMstrong, and the foundation's name is LIVEstrong. So it his not his namesake foundation. In fact, there is absolutely no relation between the two names.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • tacobights

      thats for this useless point. did you get the jist? He continues to disassociate himself as the evidence mounts.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DingDong II

    An individual who survived Cancer....AND most importantly dedicated a good portion of his life to bringing awareness, funding money...and making the "LiveStrong" foundation known around the world. Which he did successfully.

    Right on. Cycling, and cancer awareness.. Two completely separate issues in my mind.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Keyser

    Riiiight. Lance is a victim. I guess the LIVEWRONG crowd knows the post cancer Lance. Let me tell you folks...he was a jerk before cancer too. Ask Greg Bauer...Canadian cyclist....and one of the most well like racers of the late 80s early 90s.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Safe in Texas

    Shouldn't have doped. Shouldn't have lied. Great hero, huh?

    November 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tacobights

      he got in, got cancer from the steriods he was taking, got addicted to the fame, started the foundation to validate continued addiction! how sad.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Tacobights: In your comment that you posted at 2:21, you state you were not sure how Lance developed cancer but at 2:24 you state in this comment he developed cancer because of the steriods. Wow, that must have been a credible 3 minute of fact checking with his doctor.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dman

    If Bonds posted a pic of HR crowns people would be all up in arms...double standard people. It just is.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YWalk

    Lance has done more for awarness of cancer than any other human being, yet he has been found guilty by the media despite the fact that he was never tested positive. Yet the media and his former friends have thrown him under the bus and a number of real crooks have made it a mission to nail him to the cross. The Tour de Farce has had many winners who were proven by urine samples that they were cheated, stripped of the win and then that was the end of that. Some have even been let back in over the years. Easy to jump on the bandwagon, and how many of those know anything about what really happened. Go Lance Go and I wish you health and Happy Retirement. Keep you Jerseys and the price money, give them nothing back, you already have with Livestrong.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tacobights

      this person believes that what lance did after the cheating.. creating the foundation, validates the moral laws he broke to get there. Maybe... or maybe he is a very bad guy, like Sandusky, that create a foundation to validate himself. Or maybe the poor guy got addicted to fame and millions? he was sure good at lying! and lets not take away how hard he trained...

      November 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    The U.S. Anti-doping Agency operates outside the U.S. court system and outside due process. This organization has too much power and Congress should take away their charter. Armstrong should be charged in a court of law if the case is so air tight. Let use follow the laws of the United States.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maddy

      Jim...I agree with you. I would love to see all the "air tight"evidence. Until then it's "innocent until proven guilty".

      November 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • rbrbndmn

      If Armstrong had a legitimate defense, he would be fighting the charges. He is not defending himself. He built his reputation on his tenacity and he's quitting now with his legacy, his reputation and his livelihood on the line? You Armstrong apologists are in deep denial.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Th guy cheated. The USA has to stop building up heroes to godlike status. He was a cheat and his arrogance helped bring him down.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomJ

      I couldn't agree more. Interesting that the US Govt is spending taxpayer dollars to pursue public sports figures in sports where they have governing bodies, and yet, we can't even get the White House to address the press corp on current matters of National Security.
      What a system and what a country we have become. Long Live Lance and those unwilling to cower to the Government's bypassing laws and process!

      November 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name*tony

    My point: who cares if he did or not? Every athlete has 'cheated' at some point and time. He is just the big fish that the government can fry. Stop wasting millions of dollars on this story. It was after all, a game.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaimie

      I hear that swimmers tend to shave their body hair. Isn't that a form of cheating also ?

      November 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      If this were a French or German cyclist we would want their head on stick, but because it's our beloved Lance we will look the other or make excuses for his behavior. He is an arrogant cheater, liar and fraud – period.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. E

    Lance is so great like no other.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
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