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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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Battles cancer, battles rumors, battles the Anti-Doping Agency...the man is *tired*!

    That the ADA announces stripping his ti tles *after* he says he's letting go of the fight just smacks of being gigantic bullies.
    "Oh, he's not going to fight anymore? Let's heap on the punishments, then. He won't fight back".

    August 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Demarcus Jackson

    He is just another aver

    August 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    I know what you mean banasy! Seriously, these guys have nothing better to do??? How bout we do some major job cutting then and decrease the Federal Budget!

    August 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    And since all atheletes must go through some rigorous drug testing, maybe the same should be done with all GOVERNMENT employees. And we could start with CONGRESS cuz they sure havent been on top of their *game* in a good long while!

    August 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      GMTA, chrissy, on testing Congress; I said the same thing about an hour ago on another thread!

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Other facts

    Armstrong was born with an enlarged heart that gave him an unfair advantage over those without one.
    The dope he was using in 1998 was so high tech, tests could not detect it. Officials froze Armstrongs samples and retested them years later when testing technology improved.
    Face it ladies. Arstrong is a fraud and Clinton is a womanizer. Boo-hoo for you.

    August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy© enlarged heart is a *bonus*?
      All right, whatever.
      He was also cycling with one less testicle...I suppose that's an unfair advatage for arodynamics or something?

      Clinton was a womanizer?
      Oh, shock!
      When did this come to light?
      And what do these two have in common, for I am certainly not seeing any viable correlation...

      I love people who crawl out of the woodwork just to cast aspersions about someone who has achieved more in a few years than two lifetimes of kvetching will ever achieve.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sinfully Yours

    Government thinking: If 2 people claim that he used drugs, hundreds of drugs tests over the past 17 years said he didn't use, and he says he doesn't use drugs...he must have taken drugs!

    Who doesn't love the reasoning of big government that only has one agenda on their mind?!

    August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You are absoluetly correct, Sinfully Yours.
      Can anyone say "Witch Hunt"?
      I thought you could.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, how funny is that?
      Lance himself used the same term!

      August 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    I'd bet that 90% of folks posting on Armstrong couldn't say who won the Tour de France last year or have even ever watched it. Problems are so solvable when sitting at home anonymously commenting!

    August 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Yes youre right @ Portland Tony, i dont know nor do i care. What i DO care about is government wasteful spending. How much have they spent to crucify someone who has repeatedly passed RANDOM drug screens?

    August 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Well what im actually thinking is, maybe CONGRESS should use some of these drugs. They may work a little harder and produce more!!

    August 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Armstrong's 1998 test samples were frozen and retested years later when testing technology caught-up to Armstrong's high tech dope. He would not have even been allowed to race his last Tour de France except for the fact that the president of France pardoned him!
    You folks who depend on Major Media to keep you informed are always lagging behind. The truth about Armstrong has been known for years. Dotto the truth about 9/11.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    *ditto, rather.
    The only ones who don't know the truth are the ones who don't want to know the truth, or deny that truth even exists.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    And Congress only pretends to be slow. Virtually all of congress voted "yes" for warring on the Iraqi peoples based on Bush's proven lies about Iraqi WMDs, even though the CIA, FBI, and UN weapons inspecors all reported ZERO WMDs.
    Congress knew the truth. Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney explained Bush's Carlyle Group in great detail from the floor, and usually to an empty congress and no CSPAN coverage.
    Congress isn't slow. Congress is overrun by crooked men who cheat on their wives and so vote "yes" on abortion, enough to tip the scales anyway. That, and people into sodomy and so vote "yes" to make sodomy legal. (except for US TROOPS and Israel where it is still illegal)

    August 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Uh huh. Okay.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Are you calling congresswoman Cynthia McKinney a liar? CIA Valerie Plame? FBI Sybel D. Edmonds and Dr. Whitehurst? These are the people you are calling liars when you call me a liar. We all have proof. You ain't got squat but "uh huh" and your personal opinions.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    And, congrats most everyone. You were wrong about Lance Armstrong the entire time so many others knew he was a doper.
    Wtg. I give 8/10's of the USA todays "Get a Clue" award.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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