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A 17-year-old Lance Armstrong photographed before first (perhaps) professional triathlon

Posted Jan 20 2010 12:13pm

Before he was a professional cyclist and Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong was a professional triathlete.

Now that Armstrong has announced his plans to eventually return to the sport of triathlon and race the 2011 or 2012 Kona Ironman World Championships in Hawaii it is fun to look back to May of 1988 when a 17-year-old Lance Armstrong began his triathlon career.

In this photo by Stephan Dunn, it looks like Armstrong is getting ready to complete in the Jeep Triathlon Grand Prix.

Of course today Armstrong has shorter hair and larger legs, and he probably weighs less than when this photo was snapped.

You can view the entire Lance Armstrong triathlon photo gallery HERE on Universal sports.

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