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March 09, 2005

Armstrong supports Paris for 2012 Olympics

The Globe and Mail | Lance Armstrong: Paris 'deserves' Games

Lance Armstrong told the Associated Press today he's torn between the competing bids by New York and Paris to host the 2012 Olympics, but thinks Paris "deserves the Olympics."

"I think they were arguably the best candidate in 2008 but for different reasons Paris didn't win, and they went to Beijing."

International Olympic Committee officials, fresh from a visit to New York, are in Paris to evaluate the city's bid. Also in the running are London, Madrid, and Moscow.

"Paris is one of the legendary cities in the world," Armstrong said, adding that the Stade de France would be a "special place for the opening ceremony."

But Armstrong also said his heart is with New York, given "everything they went through the last four-five years" — an apparent reference to the trauma of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

But he added: "If they don't win in 2012, they could win in 2016."

Armstrong has raced in three Olympic Games: 1992, 1996, and 2000. He skipped the Athens games in 2004 after being selected to the US team.

A decision is expected July 6.

Posted by Frank Steele on March 9, 2005 in 2012 Olympics, Lance Armstrong | Permalink

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Comments

Lance was awesome in the 2004 Olympics. Didn't he beat Tyler Hamilton and win the gold?

Posted by: Lance at Mar 9, 2005 6:13:23 PM

Mea culpa, “Lance.” I was remembering the selection process over the race.

That will teach me to post from work.

Thanks....

Posted by: Frank at Mar 9, 2005 8:08:34 PM

Lance did not race in the 2004 Olympics because he wanted to stay home with his kids. Personally I think Lance should have stayed out of it.

Posted by: goodsnake at Mar 18, 2005 5:37:04 PM