There is an underlying ethical discussion, than a practical or pragmatic issue. The Canadian centre for ethics in sport institute wrote one year ago a simple and solid comment with the same conclusion I've found for myself: "Doing the wrong thing for the right reason" is worth a read. [6, 7]
Lance serves a USADA penalty, Chris is a pro-athlete, who accepted the rules of the sport of triathlon. These rules included acceptance of WADA or national government body rulings. Why the heck is Macca promoting a "race", that wouldn't be sanctioned by feds in the first place. I'm aware, that this isn't a race. But Chris is - based on his role a stakeholder in the sport of triathlon - an ambassador of the integrity of the sport - or not.
Chris, I like, what you did for the sport. I respect your career. But now - I 'm feeling sorry for you. Sorry, that you don't respect why Lance Armstrong, at this point, shouldn't be around in sport. I can't respect you any more, because this "one on one idea" compromised various elements of triathlon's integrity.
Read his newsletter and some reactions below.
The "Last Dance with Lance"
Many of you have been waiting for an update on my challenge to Lance, whether you were for or against me racing him.
I've said that the only way I would race Lance Armstrong was if we did it for charity. I can tell you that we have talked about doing an event. He said to me, "I'm prepared to wear the losses on my athletic career. But the greatest thing I've ever done in my life which no one can ever take away from me is that I'm a cancer survivor and I've raised over 700 million dollars for a disease that nearly killed me... I'm not even allowed to do that anymore!"
So a match race could potentially happen. We're looking at proceeds going to cancer on his side and I'm looking at donating money to young kids. When you're cycling through the streets here in Thailand it's not like back home in Australia where kids have a chance to do sport and be educated. I'd like to put kids through school and show them the good of sports.
It's not about giving Lance a platform or a pedestal, but the potential to raise money for good causes, that's what motivates me. 
Chris expressed in a personal discussion today, that the 1:1 was implemented in his newsletter as a FAQ item. A Q&A from his peers, that he just answered. I can live with this explanation, but it was not visible to me in first place. I still strongly believe he would jump onto that train again, as long the overall revenue, even for a good cause, is big enough.
The reason is simple. His decision to drop this idea was forced from third party. There was no intrinsic reasoning or change of mind. The push from Felix Walchshöfer ended the public discussion. But the idea and model behind never stopped working in Macca's mind. This is a little monkey on his back, the reason he's angry. One part of his personality may feel it's not right to promote the race with Armstrong. The other part tells him, "let's race, it's the best thing to do." Before he bashes one's comments, he should consolidate his own position he really believes in, stand for it in public or let go.
I'm aware, the "one on one" is not a new topic. I was just puzzled, that he's - according to today's newsletter - still on it and in an 1:1 with Lance. I made my point pretty clear months ago, when the idea came up first. I approached both Lance and Chris, even on Twitter directly. A tool Chris highly engages in and encourages his followers and media to use it and open asynchronous, bi-directional communication channels.
In that private and personal discussion later that day we both agreed, that we just have different point of views on the whole topic and this is related to different cultural backgrounds: we simply agreed to disagree.
Please find below all articles regarding Lance Armstrong or Livestrong on DNF. All of them prove, that Chris is just wrong with his statements on Facebook. I never changed my position on Lance Armstrong. Even if this happend? Who cares, as long it is documented why a change occured. But this isn't the fact in my case. See below the raw status updates from Chris' Facebook as well. [1,3]
Chris McCormack replies to an article, posted on DNF-is-no-option.com on 30 JAN 2014. Screenshot: Facebook (friends list and mutual friends are garbled)
Chris McCormack: Kai, firstly this is old news and you should move on. Secondly, when looking for things to drive the gossip channels of your online world, at least go to the source and consult with me first. Then you have some idea as to what is going on and what you should report. What is so typical about much of the information you put out, you pull for a knee jerk reaction to a situation that you are ill informed on. This is so typical of your journalistic approach. You do no due diligence or have the manners to do so. On a final note, in my 20 years of racing I have never felt the need to no wanted to ever engage in any performance enhancing activities. It is just not in my psychological makeup to feel the need to cheat to win. I have always been the most outspoke about my feelings towards Lance Armstrong and these guys who opted to go about doing things a certain way. Unlike most of the triathletes in this sport, and yourself included, I failed to be a groupie to the Lance Armstrong move to Triathlon a few years ago. You ate this news up and loved it. I was very vocal about what I thought about it and was criticised for being so vocal. You have a very selective memory. I have been the most vocal about what I have thought about drug cheats in this sport and all sports for my entire career. It has not made me a lot of friends. My shift in focus in the later years of my racing career has not been about logging up more race wins for my own ego, as athletically I am content with my resume and what this sport has give me. My entire focus on Triathlon has been about engaging others to join this journey and working with the powers to be within this sport to better streamline the experience of newcomers to our sport and embrace everything that is whole about triathlon. when your mindset shifts this way, you become less self centred and selfish and realise that your biggest asset you can deliver is using your status within a sport to do things that are bigger than yourself. I formulated the MaccaX training system to do just that and have encouraged more than 3000 newbies to take up triathlon. We have donated over 1 million dollars to Breast Cancer and charity in the last 6 years as part of some of the programs we have initiated through this sport and my MaccaNow Foundation. See my difference now Kai is not what this sport can do for me, but what I can do for this sport and the people in it that have given me an amazing life. To call me a "Mobster" because discussing the possibility of racing an athlete like Lance Armstrong to potentially raise millions of dollars for charities that could do with this money is just ridiculous. As I said, had you contacted me to discuss this, you would have understood that we are no where near this, and the foundation for what I would want to achieve for a match race like this has been set. The irony on your end is that many sponsors would like to pay this money to charity to see this event unfold. Your attack on my integrity and the way I go about things is an embarrassment to yourself and all the gossip your online publications push out. They hold no substance and no credibility in their reporting. I will attest that if a match race like this could generate more than 1-2 million dollars (which is the figure I have asked for) to be donated to charities to help small children become educated and experience sport, in an environment that they would never have been able to access this, then I see real value in this beyond anything on my end. I don't need this at all, and I don't search for justification of myself as a triathlete by racing Lance Armstrong. What I see is the potential to possibly educate and give access to sports and show kids the "right way" to do things, for almost 2500 kids as something worth considering. What I would like to ask is what anything you have reported or done has done for anyone besides yourself. Your an attention seeker and this is sad. Next time pick up the phone and ring me and get the "foundation" on what is actually going on. We are nowhere near a race nor is one close. I have made what I would want to see happen clear to everyone and only under these circumstances would anything like this happen. Next time mate, before you go for the big Headlines to drive traffic to your site for purely capitalistic reasons, how about a bit of due diligence and facts before you blurt out half truths. Report on a story with the full facts and not just your opinion. I will accept your opinion but highlight where your agenda is first. 
Kai Baumgartner: Chris, the mail just came in. This is strange. I appreciate your feedback. I came BTW back to you, when it first came up. 
Chris McCormack: I did notice that the mail points to your website. CAPITALIST looking for unique visits to drive up your advertising value to your site. I know how this game works mate. SEO is part of what I know very well and tagging is something that I am fluent in. Again, lets talk AGENDAS when posting things to sites. I am annoyed at myself for giving you any platform to build momentum on with this statement. 
Kai Baumgartner: Chris, don't try to attac me or change the topic. Don't kill the messengerThis doesn't work. I'll fwd you the MaccaX Mail from 30 JAN 2014. You can check with your tech department. Later today, I can put up a screenshot showing this mail.
Regarding Lance Armstrong: My position was always clear: "Interesting to see his performance BUT unethical". Please don't mix it up with a April fools news, I posted years ago. You should do your research on your end, before assaulting my integrity or talking Agendas. I did mine.
The 1:1 is just a stupid idea. Yes, I've got a European/German point of view. I understand, that other countries do have other pov's.
P.S.: Please, don't play this "capitalistic/drive traffic" game. I dropped the link, to avoid duplicate content/cross postings. Both are nono's in online world, as you know. [2, 4, 5]
- All articles on Lance Armstrong on DNF
- All articles on LIvestrong on DNF
- E-Mail Screenshot Composition, 2014/01/30 see below
|Email screenshot composition with "Q&A" sent 30 JAN 2014.|