If Oprah couldn’t make him do it, who could?
Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday in which he confessed that he did, in fact, use performance enhancing drugs to achieve his many victories over his remarkable cycling career.
Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, has denied doping for years. However, in October 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report that painted Armstrong as the leader of a “long-running doping scheme.” He was stripped of his titles as far back as 1998, banned for life from competition, and canned by his sponsors.
He sat down with Winfrey following an emotional visit to the staff of his former charity, the Livestrong Foundation, whose board he was forced to leave after the USADA’s report. In what was characterized a “heartfelt and sincere” talk, Armstrong apologized to the gathered staff for the controversy around his rumored use of performance enhancers. Reports say he made no confession to the staff.
Winfrey told CBS This Morning that Armstrong was “prepared,” “emotional” at times, but “did not come clean in the manner [she] expected.”
The interview will air on OWN, in two parts, this Thursday and Friday at 9:00 pm ET.
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