Lance Armstrong: A Biography

Lance Armstrong: A Biography

by Paula Johanson


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This readable biography of Lance Armstrong surveys his legendary cycling career as well as the details of his life outside of cycling.

The son of a single mother and born in a run-down housing project, American athlete Lance Armstrong emerged from decidedly modest beginnings. Four decades later, Armstrong has established himself as not only one of the world's greatest and most successful athletes, but also as an activist for charitable causes. Through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Armstrong supports cancer research and treatment while he serves as the ultimate inspiration for other athletes and cancer survivors.

Lance Armstrong: A Biography provides a detailed treatment of Armstrong's life, from the lasting influences of his boyhood and the early years of his competitive training, to his battle with cancer, his divorce, and the birth of his fifth child during his second comeback to professional cycling. The book portrays him both as a champion athlete and a family man, and gives a candid assessment of his career, including Armstrong's less successful periods.

  • Presents a chronological timeline of important events in Lance Armstrong's life and a list of the major awards and races he has won
  • Includes exciting photographs of this dynamic athlete in action
  • Provides detailed chapter notes and a bibliographic list of books and magazine articles
  • Includes a helpful index of people, places, and important cycling races in the life of Lance Armstrong

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313386909
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/07/2011
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 153
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paula Johanson is an accredited writing instructor at Vancouver Island University, British Columbia, Canada.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Timeline: Events in the Life of Lance Armstrong xv

Chapter 1 A Unique Cyclist 1

Chapter 2 Personal Background 15

Chapter 3 Starting Out 31

Chapter 4 Cycles and Life Cycles 45

Chapter 5 Surviving Cancer 61

Chapter 6 Great Wins and Great Losses 79

Chapter 7 Accusations and Testing 99

Chapter 8 LiveSTRONG 115

Chapter 9 Plans for the Future 129

Appendix: Sports Awards and Landmark Races 143

Further Reading 147

Index 149

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