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Lance Armstrong Blows Off His Daughter At Finish Line — Video

Tue, April 3, 2012 11:11am EDT by 20 Comments
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As Lance ends his race, his 10-year-old tries to give him a celebratory medal, but he totally ignores her! An expert tells how Lance’s boorish behavior can hurt his daughter!

Lance Armstrong is used to winning — he’s a seven-time Tour de France champion — so he seemed visibly upset when he finished seventh in the Memorial Hermann 70.3 Ironman triathlon. After being passed in the final yards, the exhausted athlete walked right past his own daughter who was trying to give him a medal!

The video shows one of his 10-year-old twin daughters waiting patiently to hand her dad a medal, but he keeps on walking past her. The girl follows and screams “Dad! Dad!” to get his attention.

“He is such a competitor to the point of where he is almost socially boorish, and there really is no excuse he is in a different zone emotionally and psychologically after a race,” Dr. Jeff Gardere, Family therapist and contributor to, tells exclusively. “I think what parents need to understand, no matter how wrapped up or focused in whatever the activity, that you have to be cognizant and there. You have to keep your mind open and be willing to share a part of that focus.”

“I think he was just so focused and in-the-zone, and it might have hurt his daughters feelings,” Dr. Gardere continues. “I’m not putting him down or saying he did this on purpose, he was just so damned focused and didn’t realize what was going on with his daughter.”

Lance is dad to twin girls Isabelle and Grace, 10, and son Luke, 12, with his ex-wife, Kristin. He also is dad to son Maxwell, 2, and daughter Olivia, 1, with his girlfriend, Anna.

Can you believe he ignored his daughter like that, HollyMoms? Do you think Lance was just tired, or was he so upset about losing that he blew off his own child?

-Reporting by Chloe Melas

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