Lance Armstrong Exposed: The True Story Of His Gilded Life

Armstrong Was A Sports Progidy Since Adolescence

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At the age of 12, Armstrong began competitive swimming at the City of Plano Swim Club and finished fourth in the Texas state 1,500-meter freestyle. He then saw a poster for the Iron Kids Triathlon, which he went on to win at the age of 13. The Iron Kids Triathlon included three stages for swimming, biking, and running, in that order. The triathlon inspired Armstrong to pursue other sports outside of swimming, finding a particular interest in cycling. It wouldn’t be long before Armstrong was on track to becoming a teenaged triathlete champion and he would begin training professionally.