Lance Armstrong Fast Facts
Here is a look at cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Personal: Birth Date: September 18, 1971
Birth Place: Plano, Texas
Birth name: Lance Edward Gunderson
Father: Edward Gunderson
Mother: Linda (Mooneyham) Gunderson
Marriage: Kristin (Richard) Armstrong (1998 - 2003, divorced)
Children: with Anna Hansen: Olivia Marie, October 18, 2010; Max, June 4, 2009; with Kristin Armstrong: Isabelle Rose and Grace Elizabeth, November 20, 2001; Luke, October 12, 1999
Other Facts: Armstrong was adopted as a young child by his mother's second husband, Terry Armstrong.
Since its inception in 1997, the LIVESTRONG Foundation (formerly known as the Lance Armstrong Foundation) has raised over $500 million for cancer research.
Timeline: 1987 - At age sixteen, he competes as a professional tri-athlete.
1989 - While still in high school, he trains with U.S. Olympic cycling developmental team and competes in the Junior World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
1989 - Armstrong is named to the U.S. National Cycling Team.
1991 - Is U.S. National Amateur Champion.
1992 - Armstrong competes in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and finishes 14th. He turns pro immediately after the Olympics and finishes last in his first race.
1993 - Wins ten titles, including the World Champion and U.S. PRO Champion. Wins a stage of the Tour de France but cannot complete the race.
1993 - Wins the Thrift Drug Triple Crown.
1995 - Armstrong wins a stage in the Tour de France. He finishes 36th, the first time he finishes the race.
1996 - He drops out of the Tour de France after being diagnosed with bronchitis; finishes 12th in the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and signs with France's Team Cofidis.
October 2, 1996 - Armstrong is diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer had spread to his lungs, lymph nodes, abdomen and brain; undergoes surgery the next day to have the malignant testicle removed.
October 8, 1996 - Armstrong announces the medical findings in a press conference.
October 24, 1996 - He undergoes surgery to remove two cancerous lesions from his brain.
December 1996 - Doctors tell Armstrong he is cancer-free.
1997 - He establishes the Lance Armstrong Foundation to benefit cancer research and cancer patients.
1999 - Armstrong wins his first Tour de France, riding with the U.S. Postal Team.
2000 - Wins the Tour de France for a second consecutive year.
2000 - Publishes book "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life."
2001 - Wins the Tour de France for the third time.
2002 - Wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.
2002 - A 21-month investigation into whether the U.S. Postal Team used performance enhancing drugs during the 2000 Tour de France closes after finding no evidence of illegal drug use.
July 27, 2003 - Armstrong wins his fifth consecutive Tour de France by 61 seconds.
June 15, 2004 - Announces he is suing the author of a book accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
June 21, 2004 - A Paris court throws out a request by Armstrong for an emergency ruling ordering the publishers of a book detailing suggestions of doping to insert a denial by Armstrong.
July 25, 2004 - Wins his sixth consecutive Tour de France.
April 18, 2005 - Announces that he will retire after competing in the 2005 Tour de France.
July 24, 2005 - Wins his seventh Tour de France.
December 14, 2005 - Armstrong is indicted in an Italian court and is ordered to stand trial for defaming cyclist Filippo Simeoni. Charges are later dropped in April 2006.
May 31, 2006 - A report from the International Cycling Union is released that clears Armstrong's name of doping allegations from 1999.
September 9, 2008 - Announces his return to professional cycling.
March 24, 2009 - Falls along with 15-20 other riders during a race in Spain and breaks his collarbone.
July 26, 2009 - Armstrong comes in third place in the Tour de France.
May 20, 2010 - He crashes during the Amgen Tour of California and is taken to a hospital. The same day he denies allegations of doping made by former teammate Floyd Landis
July 21, 2010 - Armstrong hires a defense lawyer to represent him in a federal investigation into allegations of fraud and doping.
July 25, 2010 - Armstrong comes in 23rd place in his final Tour de France.
February 16, 2011 - Armstrong announces his retirement from the world of professional cycling, saying he wants to devote more time to his family and the fight against cancer.
February 3, 2012 - Justice Department prosecutors announce they are closing a criminal probe of Armstrong without filing charges he used performance enhancing drugs.
June 12, 2012 - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notifies Armstrong of an investigation into new doping charges. In response, Armstrong says that the USADA intends to "dredge up discredited" doping allegations against him in a bid to strip him of his seven Tour de France victories.
June 29, 2012 - The USADA announces that it has filed doping charges against Armstrong. Armstrong's attorney calls the decision to charge "wrong" and "baseless."
July 9, 2012 - Armstrong files a federal lawsuit in a Texas district court to halt the doping case against him. The suit asks the court to file an injunction against the USADA by July 14th-a deadline the USADA stipulated for Armstrong to agree to contest the charges or accept sanctions. Hours later, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismisses Armstrong's lawsuit. In a sharply-worded ruling, the judge states Armstrong's 80-page complaint is full of legally irrelevant claims. The judge urges Armstrong to re-file without "any improper argument, rhetoric, or irrelevant material."
July 10, 2012 - Armstrong re-files the lawsuit. The complaint is substantially shorter than the original and Armstrong again asks the court to file an injunction against the USADA by July 14th.
August 20, 2012 - A federal judge dismisses Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency saying his right to due process is not being violated.
August 24, 2012 - Declares he will no longer fight charges of illegal doping. Shortly after Armstrong's announcement, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says they will strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and impose a lifetime ban on him.
October 10, 2012 - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's 202 page report on Armstrong is released. The report places Armstrong at the center of a doping program during his heyday in cycling. Also in the report former teammates admit to doping and ways of beating the drug-testing. Armstrong has always denied the allegations.
October 14, 2012 - The Sunday Times of London is considering a lawsuit against Armstrong to recoup the settlement paid him in June 2006 for a 2004 article implying he took performance-enhancing drugs.
October 17, 2012 - Armstrong announces he is stepping down as chairman of LIVESTRONG.
October 17, 2012 - Nike terminates their contract with Lance Armstrong. Anheuser-Busch also announces it will not renew its contract with Armstrong after it expires in 2012.
October 22, 2012 - The International Cycling Union announces that Armstrong is being stripped of his Tour de France titles and is being banned from professional cycling for life.
October 22, 2012 - Oakley announces it is severing ties with Armstrong but will continue to support the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
November 12, 2012 - Armstrong resigns from his position on the LIVESTRONG Foundation board.
November 14, 2012 - The Lance Armstrong Foundation announces it has formally dropped Armstrong's name from its title. It will now be the LIVESTRONG Foundation.