Monday, July 25, 2005

FAREWELL, PARIS. His seventh consecutive Tour de France trophy in his hand and his three children by his former wife Kristin by his side, Lance Armstrong waves farewell to Paris from the podium on the Champs Elysees. This is, to me, the most powerful image of this year's TdF.

AT WHAT PRICE? I contemplate this photo and I mean no irreverence or disrespect in the following query. I wonder, at what price does one pursue personal goals and "success beyond success" that put primary relationships and family at risk? Will these children look upon all this fame and glory and someday ask themselves, "Was this the cause of our broken family? If so, was it worth it?"

LOOKING FORWARD. For good or ill, what's done is done. Let the best choices now be made and grace abound. Lance says he is now ready to devote himself to being an available and more ordinary dad in Austin, Texas. Welcome to the club, Lance. Photo credit: AP Photo/Bernard Papon accessed at Yahoo!

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