Lance Armstrong has finally come clean to Oprah Winfrey (but not yet under oath) on using performance enhancing drugs. I have written before about how abuse of these drugs goes far beyond Armstrong. He is an extreme case of gaming the system. If he had raced clean and finished in the top 20 seven years in a row in the Tour de France would that have been any less heroic? Sure he wouldn't have had all the money or fame which he so desired but we all wanted a hero for cancer survivors everywhere who suffer with the disease and get no recognition. I still wear the Livestrong rubber bracelet which he first popularized in 2005 and people ask me why. Yes Lance is flawed and who isn't. He can still become a hero even without winning bike races or heads a foundation. Is the Livestrong Foundation bad because of his extreme bullying to preserve his titles? Life is full of contradictions that we must negotiate.
So much energy, legal and illegal, is invested in winning. We need to ask ourselves when is the price worth it?