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Armstrong was athletic from an early age. He began running and swimming at 10 years old, and took up competitive cycling and triathlons which combine a 1,meter swim, mile bike ride and three-mile run at At 16, Armstrong became a professional triathlete—he was the national sprint-course triathlon champion in and Soon after, Armstrong chose to focus on cycling, his strongest event as well as his favorite.
During his senior year in high school, the U. Olympic development team invited him to train in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Armstrong left high school temporarily to do so, but later took private classes and received his high school diploma in The following summer, he qualified for the junior world team and placed 11th in the World Championship Road Race, with the best time of any American since That same year, he became the U. In , Armstrong competed in his first Tour DuPont, a long and difficult stage race, covering 1, miles over 11 days.
Though he finished in the middle of the pack, his performance announced a promising newcomer to the world of international cycling. He went on to win a stage at Italy's Settimana Bergamasca race later that summer. After finishing second in the U. Olympic time trials in , Armstrong was favored to win the road race in Barcelona, Spain.
With a surprisingly sluggish performance, however, he came in only 14th. Undeterred, Armstrong turned professional immediately after the Olympics, joining the Motorola cycling team for a respectable yearly salary. Though he came in dead last in his first professional event, the day-long San Sebastian Classic in Spain, he rebounded in two weeks and finished second in a World Cup race in Zurich, Switzerland.
Professional Championship. That same year, he came in second at the Tour DuPont. He started off well in his first-ever Tour de France, a stage race that is widely considered cycling's most prestigious event. Though he won the eighth stage of the race, he later fell to 62nd place and eventually pulled out. In August , the year-old Armstrong won his most important race yet: the World Road Race Championship in Oslo, Norway, a one-day event covering miles.
As the leader of the Motorola team, he overcame difficult conditions—pouring rain made the roads slick and caused him to crash twice during the race—to become the youngest person and only the second American ever to win that contest. The following year, he was again the runner-up at the Tour DuPont. Frustrated by his near miss, he trained with a vengeance for the next year's event, and went on to finish two minutes ahead of rival Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia for the win. At the Tour DuPont in , he set several event records, including largest margin of victory three minutes, 15 seconds and fastest average speed in a time trial Also in , Armstrong rode again for the Olympic team in Atlanta, Georgia.
Looking uncharacteristically fatigued, he finished sixth in the time trials and 12th in the road race. Earlier that summer, he had been unable to finish the Tour de France, as he was sick with bronchitis. Despite such setbacks, Armstrong was still riding high by the fall of Then the seventh-ranked cyclist in the world, he signed a lucrative contract with a new team, France's Team Cofidis.
In October , however, came the shocking announcement that Armstrong had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Well advanced, the tumors had spread to his abdomen, lungs and lymph nodes. After having a testicle removed, drastically modifying his eating habits and beginning aggressive chemotherapy, Armstrong was given a 65 to 85 percent chance of survival.
When doctors found tumors on his brain, however, his odds of survival dropped to , and then to 40 percent.