“I Drove Him Like an Animal”: Terry, the Stepfather Who Proclaimed He’s Behind Lance Armstrong’s Infamous Success

Published 11/21/2022, 3:47 PM EST

Follow Us

When it comes to cycling, Lance Armstrong needs no introduction. He was one of the most recognized sports icons back then, winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times. The sports icon had a dominant cycling career from 1999 to 2005, which ended in controversy. A long time after his retirement, he accepted to using PEDs during his prime.

America’s Favorite Video Today

Terry Armstrong, the stepfather of Lance, once made some statements regarding his stepson who he wasn’t happy with. But Terry did admit that whatever he did to Lance was only to shape his future.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Terry probably shaped his future, but at what cost?

Lance Armstrong’s childhood was very messed up, to say the least. His biological father was in an abusive relationship with his mother, so she left him when Lance was very young.

According to him, his stepfather was terrible to him, and he was always strict about him cleaning his room. “Sure enough, I would leave a drawer open, and he would pull out his fraternity paddle and just beat the (expletive) out of me,” Lance said. 

Trending

Get instantly notified of the hottest stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

“It was bend over and take your licks,” Terry said while he used to punish Lance. Lance’s mother confirms Terry’s parenting style, which he had adapted from his military school background.

“Lance would not be the champion he is today without me, because I drove him,” Terry said. “I drove him like an animal. That’s the only thing I feel bad about. Did I make him too much ‘win at all costs’?”

Terry realized that he might have pushed his stepson a little too hard.

Ever thought of changing his name from Lance Armstrong?

Lance Armstrong was an adopted name. His biological father’s name was Eddie Gunderson. Lance did think of changing his name once.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

via Getty

When Lance was 15 years old, he thought of changing his name from Armstrong to Gunderson, as his mother divorced Terry Armstrong when he was 15 years old. However, the name Armstrong was strongly established in the sport of cycling by then, and Lance accepted that it was too late.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORY – How Did An Early Uber Investment Save Lance Armstrong and His Family From Financial Crisis?

What do you think of Terry Armstrong’s parenting style? Was he too hard for Lance Armstrong? Let us know in the comment section.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Written by:

Rahul Goutam Hoom

881Articles

One take at a time

Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.
Show More>

Edited by:

Tony Thomas

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK

America’s Favorite Video Today