Lance Armstrong's fall from grace

Associated Press
FILE - In this July 24, 2005  file photo, Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, carries the United States flag and wears a jersey with Nike logos during a victory parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris,  after winning his seventh straight Tour de France cycling race. Nike Inc. is cutting ties with the Livestrong cancer charity founded by Armstrong. The move by the sports company is the latest fallout in the doping scandal surrounding the former cyclist, who now admits he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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Lance Armstrong fell from grace the way Hemingway described bankruptcy: gradually, and then suddenly. Accused for years of being involved in a wide-ranging doping scandal, Armstrong was stripped of most of his honors, including his seven Tour de France titles. In January 2013, he finally came clean about his doping usage in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Jay Busbee

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