The long drawn out debacle that has plaque the legacy of one of the greatest Cyclist of our generation looks to be nearing a forgone conclusion. Lance Armstrong has clearly been battled tested in his career with being diagnosed for cancer and has dominated the Tour de France.
He won 7 titles, was the face of Livestrong and became a role model for thousands of people. This was of course before the swirling speculations of Lance using performing enhancing drugs to get a leg up on his competitors and before some of his own teammates came public about knowingly seeing Lance take steroids.
Time after time Lance has continuously denied reports of taking steroids, even when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency(USDA) stripped him of his titles, he still adamantly denied the rumors despite heavy evidence against him.
It appears the pressure to come clean has finally got to the 41 year old Cyclist, as he sat down with talk show host Oprah Winfrey for a two and half hour session, in which he finally confessed of using steroids.
Lance explained to Oprah that he started using performance-enhancing drugs to gain an edge in cycling in the mid-1990’s which was before he had cancer. Oprah went on CBS this morning to promote the interview which is set to air this Thursday, on the Oprah Winfrey network. She did not want to release too much information or answers about the interview, but did mention that Lance came ready, was very cooperative and seemed relaxed and opened.
In an effort to at least have a clear mind for himself, Lance stepped down as the Committee chair of his own organization of Livestrong last fall. Livestrong was the organization which he founded back in 1996 when he was diagnosis for cancer; the foundation was set up to support cancer survivors. He made an emotional speech to everyone in the organization apologizing for his wrongdoing, since then Lance has been advised to just come clean in an effort to save a little dignity.
In his interview with Oprah, she also mentioned that Lance and his supporters want to reduce his lifetime ban from Cycling. Armstrong camp also has had discussions with federal authorities about naming others who were involved in doping. This would be substantial assistance for the cycling’s governing bodies to consider reducing his lifetime ban according to USA Today.
It appears Lance is on the right path to reconcile things with people and organization he has hurt, but it may just be a little too late.
Lance Armstrong on Oprah
Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks exclusively with Oprah in his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles. He addresses the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
Watch Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong—a special two-night event—on Thursday, January 17, and Friday, January 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com.
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