Lance Armstrong's actions not only ruined his own credibility, but the credibility of sports in general. His lie goes to show how even the most decorated athlete can escape the consequences of performance-enhancing drugs for extended periods of time. He let down his own fans, the fans of cycling, and fans of all sports by continuing this lie. Hopefully current athletes will learn from Armstrong's actions and realize that it is always better to play by the rules and lose than to win dishonestly. Armstrong's confession shouldn't be seen as noble but rather as an act of desperation. Apologizing doesn't negate his actions. Play by the rules or don't play at all.
Lance Armstrong's decision to use and cover up his use of performance-enhancing drugs not only ruined his reputation, but also disgraced the sport. Fans around the world were shocked and disappointed by his actions, causing many to lose question athletes in every sport. It causes fans to lose faith and discredit some accomplishments of great athletes, because we fear they too could secretly be using the same drugs or cheating their way to the top. Armstrong's quote alludes to the idea that one small lie can create a domino effect that hurts many people. People should learn a few lessons from this story. The main one being that covering up your mistakes with lies does not fix the problem. Everyone makes mistakes and chooses the wrong path sometimes. Armstrong could have limited the impact of the scandal by coming clean at the beginning. Inventing lies, manipulating the public and continuing a negative/hurtful behavior does no good. It only adds to the scandal.