Found January 10, 2013 on
Lance Armstrong knows a thing or two about the PR machine. And so it's not surprising that the embattled cyclist is beginning an attempt to get back into the good graces of the public by sitting down with one of America's most influential and sympathetic people, Oprah Winfrey.
The interview, which will air next Thursday on Winfrey's network, will give Armstrong a chance to finally succumb to the pressure and admit that he was lying for years about using performance-enhancing drugs on the road from cancer recovery to seven Tour de France victories.
Americans have been forgiven for a lot worse, and an appearance with Oprah is definitely the route to take here if Armstrong's looking to gain some love from sour fans. But if he continues to deny, deny, deny with Winfrey, he's only going to further piss off those who feel they were duped by a doper.
Some figure it's doubtful Oprah would agree to fly out to Texas to chat with Armstrong if he didn't have anything new to offer, but the hype surrounding his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour victories might have been enough to lure Oprah to do the interview.
The thing is, I think most of us are more annoyed with Armstrong for his stubborn denials despite the evidence than we are with him for doping. There's an extremely slim chance he's innocent, but those of us with common sense have already drawn conclusions from all of the evidence that has been compiled implicating him. Why else did a man with all of that power and money and free time give up his fight to clear his name?
If indeed Armstrong is guilty -- and a recent report in the New York Times suggests he's contemplated coming clean -- then his most heinous crime was the ferocious way in which he kept up the lie for several years. Not just the way he denied claims of doping, but the way he oppressed, bullied, and intimidated anyone who would dare to come close to the truth. The New York Daily News went so far as to label Armstrong's actions as ones that bordered on "gangsterism" and "Machiavellian."
Armstrong used his victory over cancer in his testicles, his lungs, his abdomen and his brain as a way to dodge allegations that he cheated. He inspired millions and helped countless lives, yes, but I can't fathom how frustrating it must be for those who took inspiration from Armstrong and now have to cringe when they see his face. Then there are the ones whose lives Armstrong tried to ruin. Are they worth any more or less than the lives Armstrong inspired?
Many will cringe next Thursday, including me. If he confesses, I'll feel slightly better. If he doesn't, he may lose whatever integrity he has left. That's how crucial this interview is to Armstrong's life and the lives of the many that have looked up to him over the last 15 years.
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Lance Armstrong is scheduled to do an interview with Oprah Winfrey. What will be discussed and what will the cyclist admit?
The chief of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tells CBS's "60 Minutes Sports" that a representative for Lance Armstrong offered the agency a "donation" in excess of $150,000 several years before a USADA investigation led to Armstrong being stripped of seven Tour de France titles.
In an interview on the show's premier airing Wednesday night, USADA CEO Travis...
The director of Switzerland's anti-doping lab has disputed claims by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart that he helped Lance Armstrong avoid being caught for doping.
Lab director Martial Saugy called a news conference Friday to challenge accusations that he provided Armstrong with information on how to avoid detection for use of EPO.
Tygart told the television program...
The head of Switzerland's anti-doping laboratory described as ''nonsense'' claims by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart that he helped Lance Armstrong avoid being caught for doping.
Lab director Martial Saugy called a news conference Friday to answer accusations by Tygart that he provided Armstrong with information on how to avoid detection for use of...
Lance Armstrong is ''ready to speak candidly'' as he prepares to discuss doping allegations against him in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Armstrong was out for a morning run Sunday when he spoke briefly with The Associated Press. The man who once ruled cycling was wearing a red jersey with black shorts, sunglasses and a white hat pulled down low.
Last week, a New York Times report indicated that Lance Armstrong is considering admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career. It appears that admission of guilt could come as early as next week.
According to USA Today, Armstrong is scheduled to tape an interview with Oprah Winfrey at his home in Austin, Texas on Monday. During...
For the past week or so, rumors have persisted that Lance Armstrong was having internal discussions with those closest to him about admitting to doping. That in itself would appear to be an admission, but until he goes public with it, he will never be able to move forward. Now comes a report that in a planned sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, that Armstrong will admit to doping...
For 10000000 years Lance Armstrong said he was innocent, now in the last week it has been leaked that he is thinking about coming clean (pun intended) about cheating, followed by this news that he will appear on Oprah.
Lance Armstrong has agreed to sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. He reportedly will address PED use. Show will air January 17.
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So, you are surprised about what you are reading in the headline of this story?
Nah, you shouldn't be.
USA Today reports that disgraced bicycling champ Lance Armstrong plans to fess up to Oprah about doping during his run to Tour De France glory.
He supposedly won't do much other than say he did it and spare us the details of how.
Could this be any more textbook?
Lance Armstrong, looking to somewhat recover his name, star power and athletic eligibility, is going to sit down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday and admit that he used performance-enhancing drugs in the pursuit of his record (and now defunct) seven Tour de France titles, according to USA Today.
It’s not new for an athlete to admit...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist Lance Armstrong is finally ready to talk. And Oprah Winfrey is willing to listen. But does he have anything new and important to say? He and his interviewer will look plain silly next week if Armstrong just belatedly admits to what has become blindingly obvious: that he didn't win the Tour de France seven times on bread...
Tour de France winner Andy Schleck said it is unlikely Lance Armstrong will fully admit using performance-enhancing drugs in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Luxembourg rider, in Australia for the Tour Down Under, said ''I don't think (Armstrong) goes there to say he's innocent and that he didn't do anything. It's been many years. For him it's not...
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