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Unknown Name, Well Known Actions

SWXRIGHTNOW.COM - Travis Tygart is not a name many people will recognize. However, the name carries a lot of weight and has been appearing quite often on news programs across the country recently.

Tygart is the chief executive of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and he is in charge of making sure sports competition remains about who has the most skill, not who can cheat the best. His name has been appearing quite frequently lately, as he is the man who spearheaded the case against renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The cyclist is accused of being part of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," and the USADA has stripped him of his seven Tour De France titles and released a report including testimony from 11 of Armstrong's former teammates connecting him to the doping scheme.

In the wake of the evidence produced by the USADA, Armstrong has stepped down as the chairman of The Livestrong Foundation and has been cut by many of his major sponsors, including Nike. The sportswear giant, you may remember, stood by Tiger Woods throughout his scandal and his struggle on the golf course since.

This story was written and filed by Colin McQuilkin (colin.mcquilkin@khq.com)