Found January 15, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
PLAYERS: Lance Armstrong
Throughout the years, shocking and disappointing sports stories have seemed to come one right after another. And this week has been no exception, with another chapter being written in the bizarre story of Lance Armstrong. With the news of Armstrong’s confession of using steroids causing a mass amount of hype, it felt like a good time to give a quick rehash of the Armstrong story. Lance Armstrong Admission Follows Years of Accusations, Allegations Lance Armstrong has had a rough year. For the most part, he’s managed to stay out of the public eye, but that’s all about to change. What happened in the locker room stays in the locker room no more. Lance Armstrong (Image credit: Timothy A. Clary via Getty via NPR.org) Oprah will be airing a two-part exclusive interview with Armstrong on January 17th and 18th, marking his first public appearance since he was stripped of all his titles. (The story was supposed to be Thursday night only, but CBS This Morning released a tweet explaining that the interview contained too many important details to cut anything out.) News is leaking fast that Armstrong confessed to PED use, and Oprah stated in an interview that she was “mesmerized” and “satisfied” by the nature of his confession. Oprah said she didn’t know why he chose now to confess after denying the allegations so devoutly, and the New York Times recently reported that he may be using a confession to try and urge the USADA to lift the lifetime ban on competing they gave him. Other than that, the details have been kept under the table, so many curious bystanders will have to tune in later this week to hear the truth from Armstrong himself. The interview will air on CBS Thursday at 9:00 pm ET and Friday at 9:00 pm ET. For those out there who need to brush up on the Armstrong case, he was the principal star of one of the most shocking stories to come out in 2012 after he was accused, in excruciating details, of using steroids and going to great lengths to cover it up. Steroid allegations are not rare in athletics, but Armstrong got hit especially hard with accusations dating back to 1986. After the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reported “overwhelming” evidence of illegal performance enhancing drugs, Armstrong was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles and banned from cycling. What makes this story so strange is the fact that Armstrong had been active in the cycling world for over a decade, and he’d been drug tested multiple times throughout those years. There have been traces of performance enhancing drugs found in his urine tests before, but those were always dismissed on technicalities. He had been no stranger to speculation after he beat cancer only to emerge stronger and more successful than ever. However, it was 11 teammates who came forward testifying to Armstrong’s substance abuse that really put him on the spot. The evidence (all 200 pages) the USADA accumulated was based on lab tests of old urine samples, testimonials, payments, and emails. Teammates came forth saying Armstrong not only abused performance enhancing drugs, but he supplied and sold them to fellow cyclists as well. At first, Armstrong tried to fight the allegations. However, after his titles were stripped and his sponsors and charity foundation abandoned him, he decided not to fight the USADA anymore. The post Lance Armstrong Finally Admits PED Use To Oprah After Years of Allegations appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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