The papers, today, are all discussing the release of the reports into the ‘alleged’ cheating by drugs used by Lance Armstrong in his efforts to win the Tour De France a record number of occasions.
He has not yet been proven guilty beyond doubt, but it did make me think of that other great American called Armstrong – Neil Armstrong – the ‘ordinary man’ who went to work each day doing an ‘extraordinary job’ without fuss. His job would see him go down in history as the first person from Earth ever to set foot on another spacial body – and do so with professionalism and humility.
Neil recently passed away having withdrawn from public life and playing down his historic achievement to plaudits from all over the world, whilst Lance Armstrong lives on guilty of, at the very least, bringing the sport of cycling in to disrepute. History may yet record him as being the biggest cheat in the sport of cycling yet – but it does seem strange how 2 men sharing the same surname and from the same country can create such contrasting views of the people from one country.
RIP Neil Armstrong – you showed the best of mankind to the universe.
As for Lance Armstrong – well he should give some consideration to what his legacy will be as a person and to the sport in which he made his name.