He did it again...
Living proof that miracles DO happen, Lance Edwards Armstrong (1971-), the world's greatest cyclist, won the seven straight Tour de France in 2005.
"If you ever get a second chance at life, you've got to go all the way," he once said.
In October 1996, the athletic wonder was diagnosed was advanced testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. With surgery, aggressive chemotherapy, and a positive fighting spirit, Armstrong today is cancer-free and an inspiration to the 10 million people living with cancer.
"The truth is, if you asked me to choose between winning the Tour de France and cancer, I would choose cancer. Odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor than winner of the Tour, because of what it has done for me as a human being, a man, a husband, a son and a father," he said.
Born in Plano, Texas, Armstrong has always been a passionate competitor and won the Iron Kids Triathlon at age 13. He went on to become a two-time Olympian and one of the most charismatic cyclists in the world.
As the first to win seven championships in the Tour's demanding 23-day, 2,125-mile course, Armstrong has become one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. The French press and riders started to call him "the boss." One sign in the Pyrenees said, "Lance is God."
"My career is going to be played out year by year... The record won't keep me here. Happiness will," Armstrong said.
"Anything's possible. We can be told, you have a ninety percent chance, a fifty percent chance, or a one percent chance, but as long as you take that chance and believe in yourself, and be a brave person, and want to live, and want to be better than you were before... I'm living proof that we get second chances, and the second time around is better than the first."
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