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“Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last week after the International Cycling Union decided that he was a ringleader of a doping program on his winning cycling team. Armstrong became a heroic figure for many, not just because of his cycling feats, but also because he is a cancer survivor and the founder of the highly respected Livestrong cancer foundation” (Gonchar). Many children when beginning a sport always have an idol that they look up to and want to be just like. Mine was Alina Kabaeva. Alina was a Russian Rhythmic Gymnast who won 2 gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. I fell in love with her performance when watching the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. That year she won bronze for All-around. Little did I know the next year she would test positive for a banned anabolic steroid Diuretic Furosemide. This caused me to feel like I could not be as good as her without some form of illegal substance.
Any type of artificial substance that an athlete takes can be considered as a Performance Enhancing Drug. There are several different classes and ea…