Lance Armstrong

A Biography

by Paula Johanson


Lance Armstrong set the record for winning the Tour de France—arguably the most grueling bicycle race in the world—seven times, after he survived treatment for testicular cancer. Due to his early-career success, Armstrong earned over $1 million in sports prize money by age 21, then went on to compete in three successive Summer Olympic Games.

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April 2011


Pages 153
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Sports, Recreation, and Leisure

This readable biography of Lance Armstrong surveys his legendary cycling career as well as the details of his life outside of cycling.

The son of a single mother and born in a run-down housing project, American athlete Lance Armstrong emerged from decidedly modest beginnings. Four decades later, Armstrong has established himself as not only one of the world's greatest and most successful athletes, but also as an activist for charitable causes. Through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Armstrong supports cancer research and treatment while he serves as the ultimate inspiration for other athletes and cancer survivors.

Lance Armstrong: A Biography provides a detailed treatment of Armstrong's life, from the lasting influences of his boyhood and the early years of his competitive training, to his battle with cancer, his divorce, and the birth of his fifth child during his second comeback to professional cycling. The book portrays him both as a champion athlete and a family man, and gives a candid assessment of his career, including Armstrong's less successful periods.


  • Presents a chronological timeline of important events in Lance Armstrong's life and a list of the major awards and races he has won
  • Includes exciting photographs of this dynamic athlete in action
  • Provides detailed chapter notes and a bibliographic list of books and magazine articles
  • Includes a helpful index of people, places, and important cycling races in the life of Lance Armstrong


  • Presents a compelling story for sports fans that not only presents Armstrong's incredible achievements, but describes the making of a champion and what comes after the greatest race is over
  • Provides facts and opinions about Lance Armstrong accessible in a convenient and readable format
  • Includes quotes from friends, family, and colleagues to depict this celebrated athlete as a human being who has experienced disappointments as well as success
  • Appropriate for high school students, cycling enthusiasts, and general readers
Author Info

Paula Johanson is an accredited writing instructor at Vancouver Island University, British Columbia, Canada. Her published works include over two dozen books, such as Tower in the Crooked Wood, Jobs in Sustainable Agriculture, and World Poetry: "Evidence of Life". Johanson is a long-standing member of SF Canada, the national professional association of speculative fiction writers.

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