Lance Armstrong marries Kristin Richard
Armstrong met Kristin Richard in June 1997.
They married on May 1, 1998 and have three children: Luke, born October 1999, and twins Isabelle and Grace, born November 2001. The pregnancy was possible through sperm Armstrong banked three years earlier, prior to chemotherapy and surgery. The couple filed for divorce in September 2003. At Armstrong's request, his children flew in for the Tour de France podium ceremony in 2005, where Luke helped his father hoist the trophy, while his daughters (in yellow dresses) held the stuffed lion mascot and bouquet of yellow flowers.
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.
Lance and Kristin were married on May 8, 1998, in Santa Barbara, California. He is said to have taken his bike to the wedding.
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.
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.
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 and runs 5 to 7 miles a day, five days a week.
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.