>> Sunday, April 01, 2012
Here's a video from Everyman Tri that shows Lance Armstrong getting passed RIGHT at the line at today's Ironman Texas 70.3:
I commented back: "Sportsmanship is not easing up to let someone beat you. It's helping them up when they've fallen. If he "had more left in the tank" than someone at the end, why not pass him? It doesn't matter if it was Lance or any random age-grouper."
He responded: "That's just your opinion, which I don't logically see as valid. Lance was a couple seconds from the line, if he really wanted to, he could have sped up if he saw the guy coming. I'm talking from a moralistic standpoint. If you don't see where I am coming from, then you have some issues. The other guy looks like a fool. I'm not a Lance fan by any means, but it just looks awkward and if it were me, I wouldn't feel appropriate with the circumstance."
And then me once more: "It's called a race. I've been beat in the closing meters (literally at the line) before. A duathlon 2 years ago. I didn't know he was coming, and he caught me. Bad on me. But not a "goofball" move for the guy who beat me to take 10th overall."
And now I'm posting here. There WILL be more comments on that video. We'll see where this goes.
I'm not a "black and white" person. I understand that there might be a bit of an unwritten rule in the closing meters of a 70.3 and 140.6 regarding "taking in the atmosphere" and just easing your way to the finish line. But I had to respond to this commenter calling this guy a goofball and saying that "any real sportsman would hold back." So I decided to play the devils advocate.
What are your feelings on this? Is this competitor a "goofball" for passing Lance in the final meters? Or was it a good kick that now allows this guy to say "I beat Lance" for the rest of his life? Thoughts?