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Lance Armstrong
Michael Schwab,  2002

Cyclist Lance Armstrong began his career as a brash American with potential, winning both the CoreStates Race (United States National Championships) and the World Road Race Championships in 1993. But after the 1996 Olympics, he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of testicular cancer. Overcoming his illness, he returned to cycling with a renewed focus, winning a record seven Tour de France races between 1999 and 2005. In 1997 he had started the Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight cancer and raise awareness of the disease.

This 2002 silkscreen poster, commemorating his fourth victory, was commissioned by helmet-maker Giro Sport Design to raise funds for the foundation and USA Cycling. Michael Schwab’s design silhouettes Armstrong’s black profile against patriotic stripes and features a yellow helmet, a color that suggests both the tour leader’s jersey and the foundation’s “Livestrong” wristbands.