Last night, during an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong admitted to using banned substances during his cycling career. He claimed that it would have been impossible to win the seven Tour de France titles he had without using the drugs.
Lance had so many memorable milestones that have been taken away from him. He has been banned for life from cycling and his titles were stripped from him once the US Anti-doping Agency found him guilty of doping. Armstrong, 41, though he did feel he was living “one big lie,” did not feel like he was cheating at the time since doping was so common amongst the riders.
I looked up the definition of cheating and the definition is ‘to gain an advantage on a rival or foe’. I did not view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.”
He admitted to using Erythropoietin, a blood booster, and steroids as well as blood doping and human growth hormones. He also admitted to using testosterone.
Armstrong said he realizes that admitting all of this now is “too late probably for most people and that is my fault.” He said he was a bully that had been overcome with a “ruthless desire to win.” He also described himself as “a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome” and added: “I’m a flawed character.”
What do you think about Lance’s interview? Considering he has lied to everyone for all of these years, when people looked to him to be inspiring, do you think he was forthcoming? Did he really own up to his admittance?
Part two of the interview airs tonight on OWN.