Interesting Biography Facts
Lance Edward Armstrong (Lance Edward Gunderson)
September 18, 1971
Plano, Texas, United States
Plano East Senior High School
Lance Armstrong family members
Eddie Charles Gunderson
Linda Armstrong Kelly
Dylan Gunderson (half-brother); Sonnie Gunderson McNair (half-sister)
Is Lance Armstrong a gay/bisexual?
What is Lance Armstrong marital status?
Who is Lance Armstrong wife?
Kristin Richard Armstrong (ex-wife); Anna Hansen (fiancée)
How many children does he have?
5 (daughters Isabelle Armstrong, Grace Armstrong and Olivia Armstrong and sons Maxwell Armstrong and Luke Armstrong)
Lance Armstrong wife
Kristin Richard Armstrong (ex-wife; were married in 1998-2003)
Date of birth: August 11, 1973
Lance Armstrong’s personal life became interesting to many people worldwide after his success in the sports industry. He was married legally just once in his life as of 2020. His ex-wife, Kristin Richard, is a mother of his three kids.
They started dating in 1997 after meeting at a press conference and got married a year later. Kristin gave birth to their first son in 1999. That was after Lance coped with testicular cancer and doctors told him, he wouldn’t be able to have kids. To conceive Luke, Lance and his wife used his frozen sperm. Two years later they welcomed twin daughters.
The couple separated in 2003 and legally divorced that very year. Kristin later confessed that it was the most stressful period of her life. She was especially hard when she read the news about Armstrong’s romance with a Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow.
In 2004 Kristin returned to work. She became a writer for “Runner’s World” magazine. She feels great as of now, but she is still single in her 46.
Anna Hansen (fiancée; baby mother)
Lance met Anna Hansen in 2007 in Denver, CO. Both were involved in a charity project at that time. They loved each other and first sight and soon moved together. Anna gave birth to Lance’s two kids – a son Max and a daughter Olivia. They still are so happy together. In May 2017 Armstrong proposed her and she said “Yes!”
Lance Armstrong kids
Luke Armstrong (son)
Date of birth: October 12, 1999
Lance is very proud of his fatherhood. His oldest son is named Luke Armstrong. He resides in Austin, Texas. The young man graduated from Westlake High School. After that, he entered Rice University. There he plays for the American football team. He has a special connection with his father, loves and respects him.
Isabelle Armstrong (daughter)
Date of birth: November 20, 2001
Isabelle Armstrong is one of the twins. She has just graduated from Westlake High School. She is very athletic, runs in marathons, which makes her father proud of her.
Grace Armstrong (daughter)
Date of birth: November 20, 2001
Grace is Isabelle’s twin. They spend a lot of time together and are great friends. Grace spends a lot of time with her father, but she is also a sports partner of her mother. Several years ago Grace ran the marathon with Kristin.
Maxwell Edward Armstrong (son)
Date of birth: 2009
Max (yes, they call him in such a simple way at home) is the first common child of lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen. He became a great surprise for his dad, who thought, he couldn’t become a father after testicular cancer.
Now Max and Lance are best friends and very often run and swim together.
Olivia Marie Armstrong (daughter)
Date of birth: October 18, 2010
Olivia is the youngest edition of Armstrong’s big breed. She is a school pupil. The girl adores her father, and he puts lots of efforts to help her develop her talents.
Who are Lance Armstrong parents?
Linda Armstrong Kelly (mother)
Date of birth: February 12, 1954
Lance told in some of his interviews that his mother was that person, who gave him faith that everything will be ok. She grew up in Dallas, TX with her sister Debbie and brother Alan. Her parents were very poor. Her father, Paul Mooneyham, was a Vietnamese veteran. He suffered from alcoholism, that’s why her parents separated.
Linda got pregnant with her only child Lance when she was 16. Then she was a high school pupil, who dated “a bad boy” Eddie Charles Gunderson. At first, she was not sure, that she must have this kid, but her sister Debbie (a school teacher from Maryland) convinced Linda and their mother Elizabeth to let this baby come into the world.
She got married Eddie on her 17th birthday, and several months later they welcomed Lance Edward Gunderson, the future champion.
Linda left her school (but later she got her GED) and found a job of a cashier at a local shop. Her husband Eddie was a newspaperman. They rented a tiny apartment. Their parents supported the young family, but they were too young to build a strong connection. Thus, Eddie and Linda soon separated.
Lance got his surname from his mother’s second husband, Terry Armstrong. Then Linda worked as a receptionist at a car dealing company, while Terry was a church minister. They got married, and Terry adopted Lance. He considered the boy as his native child. Linda dreamed to have another baby with Terry, but he was wise enough to refuse – they were poor, and he wanted to provide lance for everything the baby boy needed.
Terry was a great person; he worked a lot and had some views on Lance’s upbringing. Unfortunately, he couldn’t build warm relationships with a child, and that was the reason for his misunderstanding with Linda. They divorced.
Now Linda Armstrong Kelly is married to her fourth husband Ed Kelly. She works as a motivational speaker. She is an author of the bestseller “No Mountain High Enough”.
Eddie Charles Gunderson (father)
Date of birth: May 15, 1953
Date of death: June 25, 2012
It’s hard to tell, that lance inherited his passion for cycling from his dad, but Mr. Gunderson liked to ride a bike. He was a high school pupil when he welcomed a son Lance, and he agreed to refuse from his paternal rights when his son’s mother Linda got married for the second time and her next husband decided to adopt a baby. He was 20 when he refused from fatherhood, and Lance hadn’t seen his father since then.
Later Eddie re-married and had two more kids, Dylan and Sonnie. He unexpectedly died in 2012 after a short illness.
Eddie spent his whole life in Texas. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he attended Adamson High School. There he met Linda, Lance’s mother. His parents, Ed and Willine Gunderson are Norwegian immigrants. He had sisters Brenda (late) and Margaret.
He started to earn his living as a newspaper boy, and ended as the writer for “Dallas Times Herald” and “Dallas Morning News”. He wasn’t close to his famous son Lance, but they share the same face shape and eyes. As lance’s stepmother Rebecca tells, his biological dad was looking for a meeting with his son as he wanted to apologize, but Lance refused to see him.
Lance Armstrong siblings
Dylan Chas Gunderson (half-brother from paternal side)
Date of birth: June 6, 1988
Date of death: January 15, 2015
Lance has no full siblings, but he has two half-siblings from the paternal side. Although he wasn’t close with his half-brother Dylan, still they were blood-related, so we decided to tell you about him.
He was born in 1988 in the family of Eddie Gunderson and his second wife Michelle Garza in Cedar Creek Lake, Texas. His life was short, the man died at the age of 26 for an unknown reason. He had a daughter Layla with his partner Mary Mighell.
Sonnie Gunderson McNair (half-sister from paternal side)
Date of birth: circa 1990
Lance has a paternal half-sister Sonnie McNair, whose birth name is Sonnie Michaela Gunderson. She resides in Texas with her husband and son. Lance and Sonnie don’t stay in touch.
Lance Edward Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971, in the family of two high school dropouts. His parents divorced soon after his birth, and his mother struggled a lot to provide his son with food and clothes.
He was very athletic since the earliest years, swam a lot and participated in triathlon competitions. Later he began to practice cycling and focused his mind on this kind of sport. He has just started his career when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Lance managed to survive, and after that, he returned to the sports industry. Armstrong became one of the most successful cyclists in the world. He became the seven-time winner of the prestigious competition “Tour de France”. But then he lost all his accolades, when it was proved, that he took performance-enhancing drugs. Later he told in his interview to Oprah Winfrey, that it’s impossible to become a champion in the sports industry now without using doping.