(In collaboration with a friend, Armstrong has his own boutique label.) In Austin, the eco-capital of Texas, residents tend to favor native plants and wildflowers to the sculpted lawns of the Palm Springs variety.
So even though I knew Armstrong to be a fierce competitor, I realized that he’d be riled by winning the “water hog” title.
“Nine years ago today I met this amazing woman in Denver, Colorado.
As y’all can imagine, the last half of those nine years hasn’t exactly been smooth. In 2013, Hansen’s father, David Hansen, spoke about his daughter’s relationship with Armstrong when his life got flipped upside down. Not only had Hansen met Armstrong when he had cancer, but she remained by his side after he admitted to doping.
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The couple met through Armstrong’s charity work and officially started dating in July 2008. Despite the controversy surrounding Armstrong over the past few years, Hansen stuck by his side.
It’s something that he has talked about on social media from time to time, especially earlier this year when the two celebrated their 9-year anniversary.
She’s been a pillar of strength and love for me and our entire family. “Listen, things obviously went haywire for him, but my daughter is a very strong person. You can watch Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey in the video below. Their son, Max, was born in July 2009 and their daughter, Olivia, was born in October 2010.
Hansen and Armstrong spend a great deal of time with their kids and the whole family really enjoys staying active. Armstrong shared photos of Max and Olivia at a swim meet.
Occasionally we bump into each other around town and talk about politics. So when he invited me to dinner in mid-August—at my instigation—my plan was to discuss the Olympics and his future in Texas politics.