After winning seven Tour de France races, Lance Armstrong experienced a humiliating defeat. His foe? Himself.
A few months ago, as you may know, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with taking performance enhancing drugs starting in the '90s. He was stripped of his Tour titles, and now the International Olympic Committee is reviewing his case. (I'm still wondering, why did it take the USADA so long to make their decision?)
I'm not sure where all of this leaves his foundation, his family, or his friends, but his fans are angry. They've lost a hero. And a hero is a very hard thing to lose.
That's why Zac Alstin's point in his new Mercatornet.com article is so important: It is vital to define heroes by more than, say, physical prowess.