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LeMond to speak on “The Adventure of My Life – from the Tour de France to Carbon Fiber”

(Submitted) Greg LeMond, the only American to win the Tour de France, will speak on “The Adventure of My Life – from the Tour de France to Carbon Fiber” on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Playhouse in historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, TN. This event is presented by UT-Battelle. Event tickets (and pre-event reception tickets) are available at www.orplayhouse.com. 100% of the proceeds of the event will be used to support both Oak Ridge Playhouse and 1in6.org.

Greg LeMond won the Junior American Road Race in 1977, made the Olympic team in 1980 (but America boycotted) and continued to rise in the ranks of international cyclers, ultimately winning the Tour de France three times. His first win in 1986 was followed by a near fatal hunting accident, requiring months of recuperation. This comeback climaxed when LeMond won his second Tour de France in 1989 by a mere eight seconds. After being invited to the White House by Ronald Reagan and named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 1989, LeMond won his third Tour de France in 1990. LeMond retired from professional racing in 1994; two years after his retirement he was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame.

LeMond has always been an anti-doping advocate, and in 2001, when concerns arose that Lance Armstrong might be doping, LeMond at first said nothing. However, as the concern grew, when asked again, LeMond said, “If Lance is clean, it is the greatest comeback in the history of sports. If he isn’t, it would be the greatest fraud.” This seemingly mild confrontation rose to a mammoth legal battle that was eventually settled, but it had a huge impact on LeMond’s business interests.

Unknown to practically anyone until LeMond discussed it with Paul Kimmage of The Sunday Times in 2007, LeMond was personally impacted as a young teenager by sexual abuse by a family friend. Because of this experience and LeMond’s desire to help other men impacted by sexual abuse, LeMond and his wife Kathy helped found the non-profit organization 1in6.org in 2007.

Today, LeMond is leading another adventure, having founded LeMond Composites, headquartered in Oak Ridge, TN. LeMond holds a license to a patent-pending carbon fiber manufacturing process, licensed to the company by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, operated by UT-Battelle, LLC. In addition, LeMond has finalized a licensing agreement with Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus research lab in Australia. This adventure is most fitting, as LeMond was the first racer to ride a carbon fiber frame bike to victory at the Tour de France.

Come hear this amazing story first-hand from Greg LeMond while supporting the Playhouse and 1in6.org! Event tickets are $25. For an additional $50 contribution, guests can meet Greg at a pre-event reception at Pinnacle Bank in historic Jackson Square.

Oak Ridge Playhouse (www.orplayhouse.com) is one of the most thriving community theatres in Tennessee and one of the oldest in the Southeastern United States. In continuous operation since 1943, the Playhouse offers a diverse season of musicals, comedies, dramas, and children’s plays serving audiences from Anderson, Knox, Roane, Blount, Sevier, Morgan, Scott, and Cumberland counties.

1in6.org (www.1in6.org) helps men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Greg and Kathy LeMond helped found this organization in 2007.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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