Cyclist Lance Armstrong to Host ESPY Awards
2/27/2006 6:42 PM PT
Lance Armstrong will have something to keep his mind off a certain cycling competition in July: He'll be hosting the 14th annual ESPY Awards, officials said Monday.
Armstrong, who retired from Tour de France after his record seventh consecutive win last year, is the first athlete to host the ceremony that recognizes leading sports performances and athletes.
He has already had his share of ESPY honors. He was named best comeback athlete in 2000, best male athlete the last three years, and is a likely nominee this year for his final Tour de France victory.
The awards show, scheduled for July 16, supports The V Foundation for Cancer Research and also will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation this year, an ESPN spokeswoman said.
Armstrong, 34, recovered from testicular cancer to dominate one of sport's most grueling events.