Lance Armstrong used to be a worldwide icon. He overcame testicular, brain, and lung cancer before then going on to claim seven Tour de France titles in a row. But then it was revealed that he had been doping throughout his time on the bike, and then these crowns were taken off him for his misdemeanors. Of course the entire world has been entranced by his fall from grace, and now he joins a long, and far from illustrious, list of competitors who were once revered but are now despised. Here are five disgraced sports stars Lance Armstrong could take a lesson from.
Tiger Woods. Woods’ golfing talent was so exceptional that his place as the most successful golfer of all time was all but assured, right up until we all find out he was actually a bit of a slut. From December 2009 until April 2010 he didn’t play a professional round after he admitted committing adultery multiple times over. He has since come back and is currently ranked number 2 in the world.
Ben Johnson. Ben Johnson’s victory over Carl Lewis at the 1988 Olympic games was one of the most remarkable performances in sporting history. It was supposed to be close but he destroyed the American with ease. But then just a few days later it was revealed he had taken steroids and he has never been seen in the same light since.
Mike Tyson. Primed to be the greatest heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson still holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles at just 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. But after being convicted of rape, declaring bankruptcy and getting a face tattoo, Tyson’s reputation will forever be tainted.
OJ Simpson. Simpson used to be regarded as the greatest running back to ever player the game, but since his retirement he is now mostly know for being accused of murdering his ex-wife and her lover, and being imprisoned for committing an armed robbery and kidnapping.
Tonya Harding. Harding’s career will always be overshadowed by her elaborate efforts to injure her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, just before the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships. Harding hired Shane Stant to break her leg, but he only managed to bruise it, after smashing her across the leg with a tire iron.