- Faith: Agnostic
- Career: Athlete
- birthday: September 18, 1971
- accomplishments: Tour De France
- fun faith fact! Believed in the power of hope over religion
Lance showed athletic prowess from an early age. As a youngster, he loved running and swimming, but by his teenager years, his focus was cycling. At age 13, he won the Iron Kid’s Triathlon, and at age 16, he became a professional triathlete. He went on to win numerous titles and be ranked the #1 cyclist in the world.
In 1996, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen, and brain. After successful surgery and chemotherapy, by February 1997, he was declared cancer-free. His charity, LiveStrong, has raised millions of dollars for cancer research.
Cancer did not deter him from his cycling career and winning more titles. However, persistent allegations of his use of banned performance-enhancing drugs resulted in 2012 in his being stripped of his 1999-2005 titles and being barred for life from further racing.