Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lance Armstrong is considered one of the most inspirational men in the past couple of decades. Many look up to him not only from his survival from cancer but his ability to return on top of the world in cycling even after facing the deadly disease. In an article from Fox News, it has been suggested that Armstrong and his team took illegal human growth hormones. With these accusations this could possibly cause followers and consumers to lose admiration and respect for him and his programs. One of his most famous programs is Livestrong. Will this program see an economical fall? People that bought products from Livestrong to show their support to Armstrong and his cause might lose faith and eventually venture away from buying the products. Some of money from the sale of these products goes toward researching cancer and treatments. There are also foundations that are set up with these funds to help victims of cancer pay for the expensive treatments. The Livestrong foundation employs many people and gives interns a place to learn about working for a non-profit organization. It has been named one of the 50 best non-profit places to work. People who become disappointed in Livestrong because of this latest controversy, may become dissatisfied with all non-profit organization, and stop supporting them. Thus many people lose jobs and more importantly many research groups are shut down from lack of funding.

7 comments:

  1. If found guilty do you think it will hurt his reputation in the long run or will it all eventually be forgotten? Guilty or not, do you think this has hurt his foundation in the short run?

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  2. I think this accusation is really sad whether he is found guilty or not. People believe what they hear and the demand and support of the Livestrong foundation will decrease since the popularity of the products will decrease. I think this will affect Lance Armstrong in both the short run and the long run. The lack of funding will stop the research groups which is hurting the rest of the world. This is not what we need for our future.

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  3. Lance Armstrong is without a doubt one of the most insprirational men in the world. He has accomplished the impossible in bicicyling and did it after cancer. I think that alone will stick in people's minds. Proven guilty or not, I do not think the Livestrong foundation will be hurt by much of this. Everything will still sell mainly because it is done by Nike. Nike will never go down.

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  4. To Smith
    Yes, I think his popularity will decrease. Even if he is not found guilty, there will be some people who will always doubt that he is innocent. The doubt in the back of people’s minds will cause them to not look up to him anymore. There are so many other celebrity athletes out there with good causes that I think support will change from Armstrong to others. Of course if he is found guilty, then it will definitely hurt Armstrong and his foundations.

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  5. Have you seen Lance Armstrong? There is no way in my opinion that he took illegal growth hormones. Maybe members of his team did. But thats not Lance Armstrong himself. People can continue to believe what they want but until the evidence is released, I won't believe it. But, of course the accusations will probably hurt the Armstrong logo.

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  7. To Taylor, You are right. It is sad that one of our most inspirational athletes may not deserve his Olympic titles. But even if that is the case, he still deserves some respect for his fight against cancer and his positive attitude. He has helped many others by giving money to help those affected by cancer. Even though there are other athletes that have survived cancer, none stand out in fame as much as Armstrong. It is because of his association with Livestrong and his foundations that have made him more well known. It is very possible that this will hurt the research being done if his foundation doesn’t receive as much money to help pay for it.

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