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Lance Armstrong the role model: Queen's University expert

2012-10-25

Queen’s University professor Tracy Trothen is available to talk about Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that reportedly includes testimony from many teammates says the Tour de France champion took performance enhancing drugs.

Dr. Trothen researches the area of techno-science enhancement in sports from an ethical perspective and can talk about the pressure on athletes to be role models.

“Lance Armstrong has been a fantastic role model – not only for his athletic accomplishments, but for his cancer fundraising and inspirational tenacity to fight through his own cancer battle. Now Armstrong will likely face a backlash from the public on two levels. It now appears that not only did he cheat to win the Tour De France, but he seems to have lied to the public about using performance-enhancing drugs for years,” says Dr. Trothen.

Dr. Trothen can talk about issues such as consent (how much pressure do athletes face to take enhancement substances) and how do we decide what enhancements are allowed in sport.

Please note Dr. Trothen is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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