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Lance Armstrong and Kristin Richard Marriage Profile

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Lance Armstrong and Kristin Richard in New York City, New York on December 10, 2002.

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The separation and divorce of Lance and Kristin Armstrong surprised many people. Here is information about the couple's marriage relationship.

Born:

Lance Edward Gunderson Armstrong: 9/18/1971 in Plano, Texas. Lance was named after Lance Rentzel, a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. Lance was adopted by Terry Armstrong, his mother's second husband. His father, Eddie Gunderson, walked out on his mother, Linda, when Lance was two years old.

Kristin Cate Richard: Abt. 1971 in Westlake Village, California.

How Lance and Kristin Met:

Kristin and Lance met in January 1997 at the "Ride for the Roses" charity event. The event was a few weeks after Lance completed intense chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer.

Wedding Date:

Lance and Kristin were married on May 8, 1998, in Santa Barbara, California. He is said to have taken his bike to the wedding. Kristin's wedding bouquet was made entirely of gardenias.

Children:

Before Lance began chemotherapy for testicular cancer, he banked sperm. Their children were conceived with that banked sperm through in vitro fertilization.
  • Luke David Armstrong: Born in 1999.
  • Isabelle Rose Armstrong: Born in 2001.
  • Grace Elisabeth Armstrong: Born in 2001.
Lance: "First and foremost, I think the biggest inspiration in my life now and the biggest inspiration to this decision is my children. They are the ones that make it easier to suffer, but they are the ones who have told me that it's time to come home. And so without them, none of this would be possible."
Source: "One Last Tour for Lance Armstrong to Chase 7th win, then retire." SeattleTimes.com. 4/19/2005.
Lance: "But it's true that my personal situation with my children in Texas and me in Europe is the hardest thing for me. In the spring I spend two months away, then spend a month at home and now it's been three months and I'll be home next week. This is what is unfortunately going to force me to change my schedule, because I refuse to do that again. My kids are three years old and five years old and in three months they change completely and I'm not prepared to do that again."
Source: Channelnewasia.com 4/24/2004.

Residences:

While married to one another, Lance and Kristin had homes in Girona, Spain and Austin, Texas. Lance had his European training headquarters in Girona, Spain.

Divorce:

Kristin and Lance announced their separation from one another on February 24, 2003. After a brief reconciliation in June 2003, the couple filed for divorce in September 2003 and divorced in December 2003.

After the Divorce:

Kristin decided to reside in Austin, Texas.
Kristin: "When my kids leave my house, particularly on Chrstmas Day, it leaves a hole in my heart the size of, well, m y heart. Lance and I get along well; the kids handle it fine; it's just me that aches on the inside. I drove home, parked my car in the driveway, and immediately hit the pavement running."
Source: Kristin Armstrong. Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run. 2011. pg. 64.

After her divorce from Lance, she tried counseling but said that counseling was a waste of her time. She said that her faith is what got her through that trying time.

Kristin: "Faith. My faith in God. I'm a Christian ... Catholic. I've always been this way, but I think definitely any time you go through a season of trial in your life, your faith deepens. It's something beautiful that comes out of a difficult time. At least, it worked that way for me. There's no doubt about it. I wouldn't have made it without it."
Source: Miami Herald

Kristin wrote an article in Glamour Magazine warning brides about the importance of being true to yourself.

Occupations:

Lance: Professional bicyclist.
Lance about what ex-wife Kristin knew or didn't know about his doping: "Perhaps she didn’t want to know,” Armstrong told Winfrey. “She certainly knew, but didn’t… (it was a) need to know basis. I guess maybe I protected her a little bit from that.”
Source: Christian Red. "Lance Armstrong won't throw ex-wife under bike." NYDailyNews.com. 1/19/2013.

Kristin: Contributing editor at Runner's World, public relations executive, author, honorary member of the Board of Directors of Fertile Hope, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families faced with infertility issues.

Quotes About the Marriage of Lance and Kristin Armstrong:

Kristin about friends' marriage: "They have the kind of marriage I imagine I would like to be part of one day. They have a respect and ease between them that is at once inclusive but also clearly their own. They go on adventures together -- alone and with their two children."
Source: Kristin Armstrong. Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run. 2011. pg. 94.

Kristin: Marriage problems were "brought on gradually by a number of pressures, rather than one big blow-up. We've been together 4 1/2 years, and we've had six homes, three languages, three countries, one cancer comeback, three children, four Tour de France wins and one rise to celebrity. You're not supposed to cram such a huge amount of events into such a small period of time." 2/2003.

Lance: "The craziest thing is, we're [Lance and Kristin] closer now and better friends than ever before. We're truly committed to maintaining a good relationship, but not a marriage." 9/2003

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