It was over five years ago when Lance Armstrong the famous cyclist facing charges of doping went on Oprah, looked her in the eye, and confessed to the world that his exemplary comeback story was fueled by the most comprehensive doping regimen in the history of cycling. Armstrong, who is a seven time winner of Tour de France and also a cancer survivor had spent all his career confidently denying that he had ever dropped, going so far as to shoot bold commercials about how clean he was and shouting down his attackers in public. Armstrong was a champion, and the one who had succeeded in making Americans to care about a cycling sport simply because he was so unapologetic and so dominant in his mastery of it. And then there he was, seen on the nation’s biggest talk show, where he confessed in public that he had deceived everyone.

Until yesterday, the athlete was all set to go on trial against the federal government. The trail was that, if he had lost it, he would have been on the hook for a penalty of nearly $97 million dollars. This is the amount that he made as a professional cyclist, while representing the United States Postal Service (USPS). It has been years since Armstrong was world’s one of the most popular athletes, but that court case had hung on his head for eight years. As grandiose and stupid as it sounds, he was on trial for the crime of misleading his country. It is no exaggeration of things to say that finding him guilty would have ruined him.

On Thursday, when his lawyers settled with the government for the amount $5 million, he avoided that fate. To know more about the whole story follows the lawsuit of Armstrong.

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