Cyclist Lance Armstrong was Born September 18, 1971, in Plano, Texas. At 16, he became a professional triathlete. In 1989, the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to train as cyclist. He placed 11th in the World Championship Road Race, with the best time of any American since 1976. From 1999-2005, Armstrong won seven Tour de France in a row and inspired others with his cancer survival.