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I was very surprised and disappointed, when I received SI in the mail yesterday, to discover that Lance Armstrong was not the focus of the cover (Aug. 2). What does a guy have to do? Inside I discovered that as a subscriber I had received a special Olympics cover, while newsstands were selling a cover of Lance. A preview of the Olympics inside the magazine is fine, but to put in on the cover instead of a man who just won a record sixth straight Tour de France is pathetic.
Brian L. Buckley
Obstacles That Lance Overcame to Win: 10) a divorce; 9) an accusatory book; 8) rivals Jan Ullrich, Iban Mayo, Ivan Basso and Tyler Hamilton; 7) L' Alpe d'Huez; 6) spitting, booing, cursing, beer-throwing fans; 5) Greg LeMond's negative comments; 4) hotel room searches; 3) Filippo Simeoni's lawsuit; 2) cancer; 1) the SI cover jinx (June 28).
Ilene Winters, Monmouth Beach, N.J.
In a single page, Rick Reilly captured the drama of the Tour--that it is not simply Lance versus the other riders (The Life of Reilly, Aug 2). It's Lance against 101 years of ghosts. It's Lance against a world culture that cannot reconcile its love-hate relationship with America. It's Lance versus journalists who refuse to recognize the evolution of a hero right before their eyes.
Eric Goodwin, Chicago