Lance Armstrong wins Sports Illustrated's Anti-Sportsman of the Year award

Team GB's Philip Hindes alo makes shortlist for that tumble in the Olympic team sprint final

by Simon_MacMichael   November 30, 2012  

Lance Armstrong (pic courtesy Photosport International)

Lance Armstrong may have lost his seven Tour de France titles, but he’s back to winning ways after being awarded the title of Anti-Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. He’s not the only cyclist on the list, either – Team GB’s very own Philip Hindes comes in at number five.

The Texan edged out Olympics badminton to claim the top spot in the awards, with the 14 examples cited showcasing athletes guilty of trying to gain an edge or displaying bad sportsmanhip “Whether it was by trying to game the system or by flat-out cheating, spouting profanities at a fan or directing racist epithets at an opponent.”

Armstrong’s citation reads:

Lance Armstrong tops the list of athletes who should have his or her Sportsman of the Year Award revoked. Armstrong's legacy crumbled faster than his steroid-fueled thighs used to take him up France's Pyrenees Mountains; former teammates admitted that not only had Armstrong constantly used steroids, but also that he practically forced his teammates to do the same. Not that he'll admit to any of it.

Hindes, meanwhile, admitted to the BBC’s Jill Douglas after helping Team GB win Olympic gold against France in the team sprint final that he had engineered a fall deliberately after starting badly to secure a restart, which under the rules can be only be granted in the case of mechanical problem or a “genuine accident.”

We suspect that it’s the closest that Sir Chris Hoy, standing next to him with disbelief etched across his face, has ever come to swearing on live TV.

Hindes subsequently retracted his comments, with British Cycling saying that the ‘misunderstanding’ had been due to language problems – he was born and grew up in Germany – but the damage was already done.

You can see the full gallery of athletes who made this year’s hall of infamy here.
 

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Can't wait for the Twitter pick of him relaxing next to this award on his wall

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
30th November 2012 - 11:32

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Hindes was gaming the system, but let's not pretend he's the only one. Early falls are a regular occurrence on the track, he was just naive enough to admit to it on camera.

I can think of many more who can be pointed at for "flat-out cheating, spouting profanities at a fan or directing racist epithets at an opponent"

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3314 posts]
30th November 2012 - 11:41

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Sadly Biggins wrote:
Can't wait for the Twitter pick of him relaxing next to this award on his wall

I really did lol

Thanks Cool

posted by Super Domestique [1624 posts]
30th November 2012 - 11:54

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Why would you be stupid enough to admit to it on the record once you have gotten away with it? Hindes was one of two athletes to make the list for doing exactly that

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posted by new-to-cycling [47 posts]
30th November 2012 - 19:35

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Louse Armstrong - sporting shithouse - enuff said!!!

posted by comm88 [79 posts]
30th November 2012 - 22:38

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Great post. Susan Westemeyer and her cycling news sockpuppets and me worked so hard to bring down Lance Armstrong. We need to be rewarded.

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posted by TheRaceRadio [1 posts]
1st December 2012 - 17:44

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Is gaming the system blinkered GB supporter newspeak for cheating?

Paul W

posted by PaulVWatts [111 posts]
1st December 2012 - 18:12

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PaulVWatts wrote:
Is gaming the system blinkered GB supporter newspeak for cheating?

It's a quote from Sports Illustrated. US magazine, so GB supporters, blinkered or otherwise, don't come into it.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8249 posts]
1st December 2012 - 20:34

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I beg to differ. I was replying to another comment and I can't find any "gaming the system" quote in your article.

Paul W

posted by PaulVWatts [111 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 16:52

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PaulVWatts wrote:
I beg to differ. I was replying to another comment and I can't find any "gaming the system" quote in your article.

Well it' in there as "game the system" not "gaming the system" but let's not split hairs, eh?

Didn't realise you were quoting notfastenough's reply rather than referring to the article - that's where the quote feature under comments comes in handy, avoids the type of confusion I fell into, apologies if that led to further confusion...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8249 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 17:29

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