Armstrong had a memorable childhood. He was born on September 18, 1971 in Plano, Texas. He was named after a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lance Rentzel. His mother is Linda Armstrong Kelly and his biological father is Eddie Gunderson. Eddie left Linda and Lance when Lance was nine years old. Armstrong’s mother raised him in the suburbs of Dallas. His mother met Terry Armstrong and married him; Terry adopted Lance and helped raise him. Lance was very active and athletic as a child.
Armstrong became active in sports when he was ten years old. Armstrong practiced a lot and took up competitive cycling at the age thirteen. He also started competing in triathlons when he was thirteen years old. Armstrong was very good at triathlons and became a professional triathlete when he was sixteen years old. Armstrong became the champion of the national sprint-course triathlon in 1989 and 1990.
Armstrong started focusing on solely on cycling during his junior year of high school. He chose cycling because it was his strongest and favorite sport of all. The United States Olympic team development invited Armstrong to train with them in Colorado during Armstrong’s senior year of high school. Armstrong had to leave school to do the training so he made up all the work and got his high school diploma in 1989.
Armstrong became a professional cyclist in 1992 after the Olympics. He joined the Motorola team for a decent yearly salary. He had a terrible start as a profession but he made a quick turn and started doing a lot better. He had a very strong year in 1993. His career only went uphill from there, until he was diagnosed with cancer.
Armstrong had a shocking turn once he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 1996. The tumors had...