It's an old cliché that sports is a metaphor for the human condition. But there's a lot of truth to it. As technology helped humanity obliterate these milestones and move beyond what until 100 years ago had been a long, bleak history, similar advances in nutrition, training, and using technology to improve technique have enabled sports records to fall with astonishing regularity. Let there be sports leagues that thrive on "pure sport," whatever that is, and let there be sports leagues where athletes are left to balance their own health and career longevity with technology, pharmacology, and the quest for a competitive advantage.
If you work at ESPN, CBS, The Huffington Post, TSN, Sportsnet, FOX Sports, CBC, BCC, Some French Television Station Whose Sole Goal in Life is to Tarnish American Superstars, Al-Jazeera, or any other credible mainstream news organization, your goal is not to speculate over whether Lance Armstrong is guilty or not. It's to report the facts.
Today Lance Armstrong gave up his legal fight against allegations of doping. Consequently his results from 1998 onwards, including seven consecutive overall victories in the Tour de France, will be abolished. For post-Lance cycling fans, the very idol that drew them to two wheels has been smashed. But there is hope in the new generation, in the Ryders and Bradleys, who are clean cyclers.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is seeking to strip Lance Armstrong of his cycling awards, and ban him from triathlon competitions on the grounds that the world's greatest cyclist has been taking performance-enhancing drugs. Only problem is they don't have a single shred of proof, and Armstrong has been tested 500 times. So on what basis can they possibly accuse him of cheating?