Travis T Tygart has never won Olympic gold or the Tour de France, but in 10 years with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), he has done his best to ensure no dope cheats win them either. Not even Lance Armstrong. Despite three death threats and Armstrong’s accusations of a witch hunt, Tygart guided a staff that compiled 1,000 pages of evidence and testimony from 26 witnesses, 11 of them former teammates, to bring down the cycling icon. “We focussed solely on finding the truth without being influenced by celebrity or non-celebrity, threats, personal attacks or political pressure because that is what clean athletes deserve and demand,” Tygart said.
Tygart directed USADA legal affairs and served as general counsel before taking over as USADA’s chief executive officer five years ago, having helped reveal dope cheats from the BALCO steroid scandal as well as Armstrong. The 41-year-old father-of-three, who has a philosophy degree from the University of North Carolina and Southern Methodist University law degree, played on Florida state high school champions in basketball and baseball, where he was a teammate of Major League Baseball standout Chipper Jones of Atlanta.