August 24th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

Fast facts on Lance Armstrong

Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong could lose his seven Tour de France titles after giving up his fight against charges leveled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

But there's a question of whether the agency has authority in the case and whether international agencies might have to weigh in before Armstrong would face the prospect of losing his titles.

In addition to catching up on his legal battle and the latest on a possible lifetime ban, read more about Armstrong and follow a timeline leading up to this week's events.


Birth date:      September 18, 1971

Birthplace:     Plano, Texas

Parents:           Linda Walling and Terry Armstrong, who adopted him

Marriage:         Kristin Richard (1998-2003, divorced)

Children:         Max, Olivia Marie, Luke, Isabelle Rose and Grace Elizabeth

Education:       Bending Oaks High School, Dallas, 1989

Other facts

Armstrong has always denied taking performance-enhancing drugs.

He credits his mother, Linda, a single parent, for much of his success.


In his teens, Armstrong began competing in triathlons and other sporting events.

1987 - At 16, he becomes a professional triathlete.

1988-1989 - While still a senior in high school, he trains with U.S. Olympic cycling team.

1989 - He's named to the U.S. National Cycling Team.

1991 - He becomes U.S. national amateur champion.

1992 - Competes in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He turns pro immediately after the Olympics.

1993 - Wins 10 titles, including the World Champion and U.S. PRO Champion. Wins a stage of the Tour de France but cannot complete the race.

1993 - Wins the Thrift Drug Triple Crown.

1995 - Wins a stage in the Tour de France. Finishes 36th, finishing the race for the first time.

1996 - Drops out of the Tour de France after being diagnosed with bronchitis. Finishes 12th in the road race at the Atlanta Summer Olympics. Signs with France's Team Cofidis.

October 1996 - Is diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer had spread to his lungs, lymph nodes, abdomen and brain.  Undergoes surgery to have the malignant testicle removed.

October 1996 - Undergoes surgery to remove two cancerous lesions from his brain.

December 1996 - Doctors tell him he is cancer-free.

1997 - Establishes the Lance Armstrong Foundation to benefit cancer research and cancer patients.

1999 - Wins the Tour de France riding with the U.S. Postal Team.

2000  - Wins the Tour de France for a second consecutive year.  Paris anti-doping squad opens investigation into whether the U.S. Postal Team used performance-enhancing drugs during the race.

2001 - Wins the Tour de France for the third time.

2002 - Wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.

2002 - A 21-month investigation into whether the U.S. Postal Team used performance-enhancing drugs during the 2000 Tour de France closes after finding no evidence of illegal drug use.

2003 - Wins his fifth consecutive Tour de France.

June 15, 2004 - Announces he is suing the author of a book accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

June 21, 2004 - A Paris court throws out a request by Armstrong for an emergency ruling ordering the publishers of a book detailing suggestions of doping to insert a denial by Armstrong.

July 25, 2004 - Wins his sixth consecutive Tour de France.

April 2005 - Announces he will retire after competing in the 2005 Tour de France.

July 2005 - Wins his seventh Tour de France.

2006 - A report from the International Cycling Union is released that clears Armstrong's name of doping allegations from 1999.

2008 - Announces his return to professional cycling.

March 2009 - Falls with other riders during a race in Spain and breaks his collarbone.

July 2009 - Armstrong comes in third place in the Tour de France.

May 20, 2010 - Crashes during the Amgen Tour of California and taken to a hospital. The same day he denies allegations of doping made by former teammate Floyd Landis.

July 3, 2010 - Begins what Armstrong announces will be his last Tour de France.

July 21, 2010 - Hires a defense lawyer to represent him in a federal investigation into allegations of fraud and doping.

July 25, 2010 - Armstrong comes in 23rd place in what he says will be his final Tour de France.

February 16, 2011 - Armstrong announces his retirement from the world of professional cycling,  saying he wants to devote more time to his family and the fight against cancer.

February 3, 2012 - Justice Department prosecutors announce they are closing a criminal probe of Armstrong without filing charges after reviewing allegations.

June 12, 2012 - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notifies Armstrong of an investigation into new doping charges. In response, Armstrong says the agency intends to "dredge up discredited" doping allegations against him in a bid to strip him of his seven Tour de France victories.

June 29, 2012 - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announces it has filed doping charges against Armstrong.  Armstrong's attorney calls the decision to charge "wrong" and "baseless."

July 9, 2012 - Armstrong files a lawsuit in federal court in Texas to halt the doping case against him.  The suit asks the court to file an injunction against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency by July 14, a deadline the agency stipulated for Armstrong to agree to contest the charges or accept sanctions. Hours later, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismisses Armstrong's lawsuit. In a sharply worded ruling, the judge says Armstrong's 80-page complaint is full of legally irrelevant claims. The judge urges Armstrong to refile without "any improper argument, rhetoric, or irrelevant material."

July 10, 2012 - Armstrong refiles the lawsuit.  The complaint is substantially shorter than the original, and Armstrong again asks the court to file an injunction against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency by July 14.

July 11, 2012 - Armstrong drops his request for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and awaits a ruling on the merits of his lawsuit.

August 20, 2012 - A federal judge dismisses Armstrong's lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

August 24, 2012 - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it will strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and impose a lifetime ban, a move that came after the cyclist announced he would no longer fight charges of illegal doping.

More on Armstrong:

Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong

Armstrong and the tenuous nature of heroism

What's behind the Armstrong headlines?

Armstrong's cancer foundation still strong

Your top Armstrong questions answered

Statement from the USADA on Lance Armstrong

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  1. banasy©

    Lithiu$ and thorazine drip.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      S/B "lithium"

      August 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob Collins

    Who's to say he wasn't gobbling ferrous sulfate? The author needs to elaborate on the rbc counts in the questioned samples, and on the liklihood of exceeding the USADA's control levels. How much does a pint of blood move the red blood cell count on the scale? What % increase do varying doses of EPO have on the blood cell count?

    As far as the EPO, that information should be available from the pre-approval studies of epoetin, the FDA (or, maybe even the USADA, snort) should have those, right?

    August 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Well i still stick by my opinion. With all the problems this country has, this has been a colosal waste of time and money! And this man at least is doing great things for MANY!

    August 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I have been following this for years, and my opinion hasn't changed, either, chrissy; most of the allegations were made by lesser athletes and lesser men.
    How many times does a person have to clear his name before he finally says, "enough!"?
    I don't blame him a bit.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grampdad

      They fuss and stew over Lance and the football "heros" weigh in at 100 pounds more than they did in the 50's. No drugs here, just a bunch of guys that have the DNA of gorrillas.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    As with most other *allegations* we hear on here daily eh? If hes passed EVERY test than that is all the proof needed! As for *being wrong* the ONLY one that knows for sure is him, and he has all the proof on his side!

    August 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And interpretation does NOT mean something is true. It means thats is an *opinion!* Something we are all enti tled too, and no matter how much someone wants to shove their *opinions* down our throat, it is our option to believe or disbelieve!

    August 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    Philip, if you are angry with someone you are subject to judgement! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. Mathew 5:22

    August 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    GOD's messenger:
    But...but...he said there wasn no mention of hell in the Bible..and yet there it is in Matthew could this be?
    How can this be, I ask?
    The Bible is clearly wrong.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. kommy

    USADA has no case they just offered to Armstrong to confess "a little", it is just couple of shysters in USADA working on their publicity.

    He just have to do what he was doing- pointing out unfareness of the process, lake of any deadlines fro completion and hardship for his family.

    USADA is just on fishing expedition, after dust settles, people who stirred all these lies and accusations must be severely reprimanded.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Don't Ask/Do Beg: Why Breaking the Rules Pays Off

    Lance Armstrong made history. No one could take it away. I think the comment of Raz Silberman is very advisable that Armstrong just have to share his feelings, admit the truth and say sorry if the allegations is nothing but the truth.

    August 28, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. drljr

    This attack on Armstrong is just more of the attacks he has been forced to endure for years. When I look at this history I see an athlete who progressively gets better from 1987 through 2003 and from what I remember being reported stopped getting better in 2004 and 2005. He stops racing for a few years and tries a comeback which fails. In short, he is past his prime and it shows in his performance. In other words – 16 years of improving performances (age 16 to 32) following by a performance drop starting at age 33. Looks like a normal cycle for an athlete who is constantly working his body.

    It is time for these accusers to shut up. The same tests which have caught them cheating has shown Mr Armstrong to not be cheating. And considering the pressure, and length of time, he has been under to "confess to cheating" I suspect he would broken long ago if guilty. Instead his statements are consistent and the evidence shows his innocence.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
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