Born from Plano, Texas, a young cyclist is yet to become the greatest cyclist in the world. He had something beyond anything you can imagine: the will to never give up. I know a lot of athletes have this, but Lance Armstrong had it physically and mentally. When he was young, even if he got last place he would still finish the race. When he had cancer, the doctors said he had a thirty percent chance of survival. When he knew that, he didn’t stop fighting cancer. He kept going. His effort and determination brought him to victory. Racing only has one requirement, effort. Lance Armstrong never gave up. He made what seemed impossible seem possible. He holds a world record of winning seven Tour De Frances: a race over two thousand six hundred miles! When he had cancer, he said he was going to get back up and continue his career. He did. He won another Tour De Frances. He never gave up hope.
What Makes Him Successful?
Lance Armstrong did not accomplish his goals by himself. He actually had lots of support from friends and family. His friends encouraged him to go back to cycling when he almost retired. He finally realized this was his career: Being a world class cyclist. He got support form his friends/ teammates in races too. They would shield the wind from him and chase off enemy competitors. One of the most important things he had that some athletes didn’t was tons of effort. He wanted to get first place so badly, he tried as hard as he could. When he didn’t get what he expected, he got back up and tried harder. He had the will to never give up. That’s what true effort is.
- He had a lot of effort
- He had the will to never give up
- Tried as hard as he could
- Had a lot of support from friends and family
- Had good strategies to outsmart other competitors
- Produced less lactic acid than other athletes (Lactic acid is a substance that is produced to make you tired when you exercise.)
In Lance Armstrong’s life, it wasn’t just about the bike. He had many other accomplishments. What was amazing about him was that he made a good sports career while making these accomplishments. When Lance Armstrong had cancer not only did he survive he got back on his bike and got better. After his victories in the Tour De France, he felt bad for the others who didn’t survive cancer. Because of that, He started a whole cancer foundation to support people with cancer. His foundation, Livestrong, helps people manage to survive cancer. Lance Armstrong was very thoughtful to think of others who had cancer. Lance Armstrong was once asked if he would rather be a cancer survivor or a world class cyclist. He chose cancer survivor because cancer actually taught him to keep going. After he won his war of cancer, it told him there was still hope to achieve his goals and dreams. These are just some of his accomplishments, there are many more. Lance Armstrong’s life was not just about the bike. Cycling was a big part about it, but not all of it.
Lance Armstrong was considered the greatest cyclist in the world. People didn’t respect him just because he was athletic. He was a nice and caring guy. I think he is a role model to other people. Other people should have the will to never give up. Sometimes, they’ll just quit and not show any of their effort. Lance Armstrong tried his best at everything. That’s how he met his goals. When you keep trying even if you fail you will get it eventually. Lance Armstrong pushed himself and practiced, He didn’t stop. The reason I chose him for my G.A.T.E. project was because I think he’s a great inspiration to kids. Before I picked my G.A.T.E. topic I looked at other athletes and they were nothing like Lance Armstrong. I finally read about him and I thought, wow he’s amazing. Not everyday do you get to see a great athlete like this. Lance Armstrong got my attention.