What Lance Wouldn't Do: Doping Drama in Cycling


Sather, B., & Pierce, M. (2013, October). What Lance Wouldn't Do: Doping Drama in Cycling. Presenters for round table discussion at the annual meeting of the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness (WSKW), Reno, NV.


Topic: Professional cycling has been in turmoil for decades over drug use. The latest big casualty was the king of cycling, Lance Armstrong (VeloNews.com, 2013). After several years of increasing accusations of his doping coupled with a strong case by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA), Armstrong finally admitted to doping in an interview by Oprah Winfrey (“Lance Armstrong doping case,” 2013).
Presentation: The presenters and moderators of this round table are avid followers of cycling with an intimate knowledge of the rise and fall of Armstrong. After sharing some facts about the saga, participants will be engaged in discussion on the ethical challenges of doping in cycling.
Subtopics: The stories of other prominent fallen cyclists like Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis should enter the discussion. Other sport examples may be discussed, including similar cases of whistleblowers like Jose Canseco.
Questions: Were moral principles violated by Lance? Why does cycling have a history of doping? Were Lance’s wins justified by the “everyone else was doing it” state of cycling?

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VeloNews.com. (January 27, 2013). Lance Armstrong confesses to doping in interview with Oprah Winfrey. Velonews. Retrieved June 14, 2013, from http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/01/news/lance-armstrong-confesses-to-doping-in-interview-with-oprah-winfrey_271776

October 2013