August 29, 2012 1:53 PM | By Daniel Nugent-Bowman, MSN Sports
Champion athletes stripped of their titles

Heroes that went back to zero



Lance Armstrong's shocking decision to stop fighing doping allegations brought immediate consequences. The man most believe to be the best cyclist of all time has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. That can't have gone over well for Armstrong, but at least he's got company. (© AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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  • Lance Armstrong's shocking decision to stop fighing doping allegations brought immediate consequences. The man most believe to be the best cyclist of all time has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. That can't have gone over well for Armstrong, but at least he's got company. (© AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  • Floyd Landis - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
  • Joe Paterno - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
  • Marion Jones - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© AP Photo)
  • Ben Johnson - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© CP PHOTO)
  • Alan Eagleson - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© Louie Palu/The Globe and Mail)
  • Graham James - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Becker)
  • Jim Thorpe - Champion athletes stripped of their titles (© AP Photo, File)
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The news that came out late last Thursday night was nothing short of shocking. Cyclist Lance Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, decided to stop fighting charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and was stripped of his titles and banned from competition for life. While whispers from cyclists crying foul had grown into full out screams since Armstrong's last yellow jersey in 2005, Armstrong still had the support of many because he had so vehemently denied the doping allegations for years. He finally relented however, saying the constant speculation was putting undue strain on his family. Now that Armstrong's titles have been stripped, the only thing left to be strained is his once impeccable legacy - something these sports figures can relate to.

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