Lance Armstrong Sees the Silver Lining in Third Place Finish

07/27/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
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Growing up with cycling legend Lance Armstrong for a father, it’s easy to see how twins Isabelle and Grace, 7 ½, and 9 ½-year-old Luke could view their dad as a winner — and never anything else.

That’s why the 37-year-old seven time Tour de France winner says his third place finish in this years’ race is actually “a healthy thing” for all involved. He elaborates,

“Because they saw their dad that never lost, and the kids in their class [say] ‘your dad never loses,’ so it’s good for them to see dad get third and still be cool with that and still be happy.”

Lance — who is also dad to new baby Maxwell ‘Max’ Edward, 7 weeks, with girlfriend Anna Hansen — harbors no regrets about his comeback. “I’m realistic,” he explains. “I did everything I could.”

Isabelle, Grace and Luke are Lance’s children with ex-wife Kristin Richard.

Source: NBC Sports

— Missy

FILED UNDER: Babies , News , Parenting

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brook on

I admire Lance, however, his comment about his kids and their classmates seeing him come in 3rd as opposed to 1st place sounded a tad egotistical to me!

Ashley on

Aww Max is such a cutie! I like how Max Armstrong sounds similar to Lance Armstrong too! Anna looks like Naomi Watts in this picture!

Helen on

I don’t like babies wearing shoes until they are able to walk. Booties are the answer.

Max'sMom on

I actually thinks she looks like Rebecca Rominj.

Tee on

I really appreciate Lance’s attitude in this article! It’s important that his children see that the world won’t collapse if Dad doesn’t win the race. Max is a precious little boy. Congratulations to Lance and Anna on their beautiful son and to Luke, Isabelle and Grace on their new brother!

Susan on

Anna Hansen reminds me a lot of Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin.

Ana on

Oh I think his shoes are adorable!

Anne on

His older kids must be jealous with the new baby.

Nikki on

I think Lance is just saying it like it is in this situation. It doesn’t seem egotistical to me, just realistic, making sure his kids know that life isn’t about winning all the time.

Those little shoes are cute on Max! They look like soft-soled shoes so they’re quite like booties, not shoes. Anna is looking really well in the picture, although I’m sure I can detect a hint of tiredness despite the sunglasses! Lol.

Alex on

Gosh I love those little baby Nike’s. Adorable baby🙂.

Bird on

The tiny nikes look suspiciously like product placement to me. There’s a little swoosh on the mom too. Yuck.

Kara on

Um, Nike has been one of Lance’s biggest sponsors for years and years and years…it’s not that surprising. He also has done an athletic wear collection with them.

Max is getting so big already and Anna look wonderful.

Holly on

Ya she does look like Naomi Watts and Rebecca Romijn. I love the way this little baby looks. Guess he and Kate Hudson weren’t meant to be together, maybe Kate and A-rod are, and Lance and Anna are meant to be together.🙂

kc on

Nike is a partner with Lance’s Livestrong cancer foundation. Proceeds from their whole line of black/yellow products go to fighting cancer and helping patients and their families get back on their feet.

Perhaps we should stop and think before we make snap judgments, hm?

natz on

well said kc

DMM on

Bird- The shoes on Max’s feet are NOT sold @ retail- they were made especially for Max in the Livestrong Yellow in honor of Lance’s fight against cancer. Anna is also wearing Livestrong gear since that has been the focus of his Tour this year and the reason he returned.
Agree with KC and Natz on making snap judgements. Lance’s point was to get the product and message in front of people, which is he doing here.

terri on

Lance Girlfriend is soooo pretty, i cant really see max but i am sure he will be a handsome little guy with that pretty of a mother

Baby Carriers Backpacks on

At least Lance is keeping in shape.

leonor on

Susan: I thought the exact same thing, she looks a lot like Tiger Woods’ wife. She might be Swedish too given her name is Anna Hansen. Does anybody know if she is?

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