Category: Sports/Hobbies

Jan 18

Lance Armstrong Admits Doping to Oprah

Lance Armstrong with Oprah

The biggest crush to sports history finally comes full circle — Lance Armstrong admits that he used performance enhancing drugs to win his 7 Tour de France titles.  Never before in the history of  Tour de France has the maillot jaune or yellow jersey been smeared by deceit of such proportions.  Following rumors of doping and failed attempts by officials to prove Armstrong’s  transgression, irrefutable evidence finally revealed the truth in a 1,000-page report released by the US Anti-Doping Agency in October 2012.  The report included testimony from almost a dozen former teammates.  Armstrong was tripped of his Tour de France titles, and more recently, his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the cancer survivor and former Tour de France champion answered yes when asked about taking banned substances, EPO, testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone, and performing blood-doping.  Armstrong states, “I am a flawed character.”  Though there was no denying the truth contained in the reports, it was still jarring to hear admission from the sports icon.  Lance Armstrong had long been the symbol of the human spirit’s triumph over adversity  when he won 7 Tour de France titles after surviving metastatic testicular cancer.  Prior to the scandal, Lance Armstrong gave cancer patients faith that miracles do happen.  He was more than just a sports champion.  Lance Armstrong was a champion of life.  Until now.

According to Armstrong, he considered doping as part of the game, a way to gain advantage over other opponents without even the thought that it was cheating.  After innumerable denials over the years, which included a $500,000 judgment awarded to him for suing a newspaper for libel, it was hard to develop any kind of sympathy for a man who deceived the world by pretending to be a hero.

While the world watches the drama as it unfolds, many are hoping that Lance Armstrong will eventually divulge the whole truth to lend the sport at least its last ounce of dignity.  Can the Tour de France ever reclaim the reverence and stature that it had prior to the scandal?  But we can only hope that it will not stop the world from believing that true heroes and champions are still real.  It is likely that most of them just don’t feel the need to secure multi-million dollar endorsements and prefer peace and obscurity over fame.


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Aug 04

Meet Indy Race Car Driver Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

One of the most recognizable faces in the Indy racing circuit in the past years is none other than Danica Patrick.  The 29-year old American race car driver is the  first woman to win an Indy car race after winning the Indy Japan 300 in 2008.  In the 2009 Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick achieved a personal best and placed 3rd — the highest finish by a female in the event’s history.  She finally began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series  in 2010 driving the #7, Chevrolet/Impala for JR Motorsports.  She currently drives the #7, Honda/Dallara for Andretti Autosport.  In March 2011, she achieved a best career finish of 4th in series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning another milestone as the best ever by a woman in a NASCAR top circuit.

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Oct 10

Yoga Poses for a Flat Belly

For those who have been going on a diet, you all know that the most difficult part to trim down is the belly. We all dream of having a flat belly. But it seems to be the most stubborn part of our body and is usually the last part to lose fat. Aside from avoiding food with high carbs and sugar, exercise is a necessary part of the regimen. However, I find doing numerous crunches and other exercises a big strain.

Yoga and Pilates, on the other hand, has been known to have exercises or poses that help a lot in trimming the abs. Here are some yoga poses that concentrates on strengthening the abs and trimming down excess fat. I will add more in futures posts, including pilates workouts that will give you a flat belly.

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