In 1996 up and coming cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite a 50/50 chance of survival, Armstrong beat the disease and has become one of the world’s most recognizable athletes. In July he won his fifth straight Tour de France. Armstrong spoke to nearly 4,000 people at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building on the University of Missouri-Rolla yesterday. Armstrong recalled his battle with cancer and his quest to return to competitive racing. After a 30-minute speech, Armstrong fielded questions from the audience which ranged from philosophical, to technical, to just asking for hugs. Armstrong’s speech was a part of the Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series and his appearance was the 26th of the series. Other speakers have included Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell and William Crowe. Lance Armstrong is the second professional athlete invited to the lecture series. Former New York Knick and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley has also appeared.
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