Lance Armstrong’s wins (Tour de France titles) might have been rubbed off from record books given the legendary sprinter’s shattering confession on banned drug consumption in his record-setting Tour de France competitions- yet his legacy seems to live on forever in the US Presidential history.
Armstrong gifted several mementos like his bikes & autographed jerseys as the gifts to former US President, George Bush, during his Presidency tenure. These mementos are now an eminent part of 43 thousand artifacts archived in George Bush presidential Center. The George Bush Presidential Center is scheduled to open up at the University of Southern Methodist this spring in 2013.
Armstrong presented President George Bush with his autographed jersey at a 2001 ceremony in White House, along with the replica of the ace sprinter’s Trek American Postal Service road cycle. The ceremony was just after the famous rider achieved his 3rd consecutive winner trophy in Tour de France championship. The legendary Plano sprinter has been one among the greatest heroes of America for long and any of his mementoes is almost akin to some national treasure.
The former US President, who himself was into avid cycling, shared a good rapport with Armstrong and occasionally went for biking with the sprinter, including the 2011 ride which was for the benefit of the wounded veterans.
However, Lance Armstrong’s legacy faced a change in the past months when he finally admitted to the doping charges publicly in a popular TV show.
Bush Library, which is a part of National archives & Records Administration, displayed a 360 0 snap of Armstrong’s bike in addition to other different artifacts over its site. The bike featured looks almost same as that of the bike from 2001, however, as per the library records, the bike was presented to the former President in 2002.