"It's been a difficult couple of weeks," Armstrong acknowledged. "When people ask how I'm doing, I say 'I've been better, but I've also been worse.'"
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in August, and banned from cycling for life. But it wasn't until USADA released over 1,000 pages of evidence supporting their decisions to strip and ban Armstrong that many other of his previous supporters began to turn on him.
Nike, which stood by Armstrong during his cycling career (and allegedly paid off a cycling president on his behalf), endorsed him, and supported Livestrong, officially dropped him on Wednesday. Several other companies followed their lead and cut ties with the disgraced former cyclist.
CNN even reported about several Livestrong donors who are angry and feel defrauded. One couple who has raised $200,000 for the charity say they want their money back.
"I feel we were really fooled. We were really hoodwinked," Connie Roddy told CNN.
The criticism from corporations and individuals isn't keeping Armstrong from rallying on behalf of Livestrong.
Armstrong talked about the global fight against cancer during his speech. He mentioned the 2.5 million cancer survivors Livestrong has touched, and the half-billion dollars the organization has raised "to fight the disease."
"This mission is bigger than me. It's bigger than any individual. There's 28 million people around the world living with this disease," Armstrong said.
"Martin Luther King said once, 'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.'
"Whoever we can serve need infinite hope. The mission absolutely must go on. Thank you so much for your support. We will not be deterred; we will move forward. And we will continue to serve the 28 million people around the world that need us the most."
Does the evidence that Armstrong allegedly led the most sophisticated doping ring in cycling affect your opinion of him? And if you believe in supporting the fight against cancer and creating cancer awareness, does the evidence against Armstrong keep you from wanting to donate to Livestrong?
Purchases from the Livestrong store and donations to the charity have increased in recent weeks. Will that trend continue? It's up to individuals to decide that question.
Tweet At one point he was Lance Armstrong, the greatest road racing cyclist of his era. Or perhaps ever. Now, he’s just Lance Armstrong. The USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) has banned Armstrong for life from competition due to his part in a doping program and stripped him of his Tour de France titles. [...]
The old saying goes, when it rains, it pours. But for Lance Armstrong, the rain is quickly turning into a monsoon.
Having already had his Tour de France titles stripped for him, been fingered as the kingpin of doping in cycling, and had to quietly watch as company after company cut ties with him, now he’s dealing with yet another scandal.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer...
Oakley is the latest sponsor to drop Lance Armstrong, after cycling's governing body stripped him of his Tour de France titles and banned him for life following doping allegations.
On Monday, Union Cycliste Internationale accepted an August report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused Armstrong of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
The wave of sponsors dropping...
The long wait will finally be over Monday when cycling's governing body announces whether it will ratify Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban and loss of seven Tour de France titles ordered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid is set to announce whether the UCI will accept or appeal the sanctions -- and ratify USADA'S decision to...
Cycling's governing body agreed Monday to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of...
(Eds: Links AP Video. With AP Photos. AP Video.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist There was an Armstrong who walked on the moon and another, Louis, who sang sweet jazz. But Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner?
That never happened.
''He deserves to be forgotten in cycling,'' the sport's boss, Pat McQuaid, said Monday as he erased Armstrong...
The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency believes cycling's world body must remove the officials who presided over the drug-tainted Lance Armstrong era for the sport can regain credibility.
WADA President John Fahey told Australia's Fox Sports on Tuesday that the UCI has to ''take the blinkers off'' and examine its own past.
''Looking back, clearly...
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