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Lance Armstrong Biography

Birth Name:
Lance Edward Gunderson
Birth Place:
Dallas, Texas, United States

Fast Facts

  • Was a professional triathlete at the age of 16
  • At 25, was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his brain and lungs, and was given a 50-50 chance of survival
  • Following surgery and chemotherapy, was declared cancer-free the next year, and returned to cycling
  • Won the Tour de France seven straight times, from 1999 to 2005
  • Was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in 2002
  • His foundation's yellow Livestrong bracelets, which benefit cancer research, became a fashion trend in 2004
  • Opened a bike shop in Austin, Texas, in 2008 called Mellow Johnny's
  • The name was derived from maillot jaune, which is French for "yellow jersey
  • " Broke his right collarbone in a crash during a 2009 bike race in Spain; doctors used a 5-inch metal plate and 12 screws during surgery to repair the bone, which had broken into four pieces
  • Announced his official retirement from cycling "for good" in February 2011
  • Had retired once before in 2005
  • Following an investigation by the U
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  • Anti-Doping Agency, was stripped of his Tour de France titles, his 2000 Olympic bronze medal and received a lifetime ban from cycling


  • Grace Elisabeth Armstrong -- Daughter
  • Isabelle Rose Armstrong -- Daughter
  • Olivia Marie Armstrong -- Daughter
  • Kristin Richard -- Ex-wife
  • Edward Gunderson -- Father
  • Anna Hansen -- Fiancée
  • Linda Armstrong Kelly -- Mother
  • Luke David Armstrong -- Son
  • Max Armstrong -- Son
  • Terry Armstrong -- Stepfather