Key Moments of the Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

A timeline highlighting Lance Armstrong's career rise and the events leading up to his doping scandal.

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Lance Armstrong was one of the most decorated athletes of our time, winning seven consecutive Tour de France victories, a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, and other titles. In light of his reported confession to using performance-enhancing drugs, click to see moments from the scandal and his career.
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After taking home several notable victories early in his career, including the World Road Race Championship and Tour DuPont (shown here), he was called the "Golden Boy" of American cycling. However, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, at age 25, in his prime.
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The testicular cancer had spread to his abdomen, lungs and lymph nodes, but Armstrong was determined to get back on the bike. He had one of his testicles removed and began aggressive chemotherapy. "I might have a bald head and not be as fast," he told Sports Illustrated, "but I'll be out there. I'm going to race again."
By 1998, he was back in competition. Pictured here with his mother Linda and then-wife Kristin, Lance Armstrong celebrates after winning his first of seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong's influence extended well beyond sports. In 1999 he presented President Bill Clinton with a light-weight racing bicycle following his Tour de France win.
Armstrong took home the bronze medal in the men's individual time trials at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. Russia's Viacheslav Ekimov won gold and Germany's Jan Ullrich won silver.
Doping allegations have dogged Armstrong throughout most of his cycling career. In 2001 he issued one of many denials through a Nike ad: "Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on?"
Armstrong and teammate Floyd Landis compete in the 2004 Tour de France. Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for failing a drug test, and was among the first to reveal the culture of doping that brought down his ex-teammate.
In 2005, Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France title. After, he said, "I'll say to the people who don't believe in cycling, the cynics and the skeptics. I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry that you can't dream big. I'm sorry that you don't believe in miracles."
Armstrong's cancer charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, raised an enormous amount of money through the sale of yellow "LIVESTRONG" bracelets. In 2006 and 2007 Armstrong ran in the New York City Marathon to raise money for his LiveStrong campaign.
Armstrong returned from his retirement to compete in the 2009 Tour de France, in which he finished third. Armstrong's teammate, Levi Leipheimer (L), later confessed to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Armstrong.
Armstrong also competed in 2009's Milan-San Remo classic, his first race in Europe since winning his seventh Tour de France in 2005.
Armstrong, accompanied by his lawyer Georges Kiejman, appeared during a news conference in Paris regarding doping accusations. In 2010, the U.S. government began a formal investigation into whether Armstrong ever used performance enhancing drugs.
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After a decade of denial and being stripped of his titles, Armstrong said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
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