Apr 182005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Today is a sad day in the world of sports. One of the best athletes to ever grace this earth is retiring. On Monday, Lance Armstrong, who has won the Tour de France an unconceivable six straight times, announced that he is retiring. Armstrong said that he will still race in this year's Tour de France, but in a press conference said "it will be the last one, win or lose."

Armstrong revolutionized the sport of cycling. He is an amazing tribute to the capabilities of the human body, but more importantly, he was one of the last remaining heroes.

In a time when most athletes make the news for doing steroids or being arrested, Armstrong made the news for doing what no one else thought was possible. Oh, and he did it after surviving cancer. If you want to know the impact that Armstrong has left on this world, look up in class and count the yellow wristbands. Armstorng's Live Strong bracelets are everywhere. No other athlete in this country has made as much of an impact, has the respect or fan following (that even includes non-sports fans) as Armstrong does. And no one else deserves it.

Even though Armstrong will be done racing in a few months, his contributions to making the world a better place are nowhere near done. He is retiring to spend more time with his kids and continue with his mission to raise awareness and money for fighting cancer.

So, good luck Armstrong in the race for the seventh and thanks for being a hero.

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