Lance Armstrong Admits to Oprah: I Used Performance-Enhancing Drugs (VIDEOS)
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The disgraced cyclist began by telling Oprah Winfrey that “yes,” he used performance-enhancing drugs, including EPO, testosterone and HGH.
Armstrong also admitted to having blood transfusions and “blood doping,” and to using drugs each time he won the Tour de France.
Asked whether he could become a 7-time champion without the banned substances, he answered, “No, not in my opinion.”
“The truth wasn’t what was out there,” said Armstrong. “The truth isn’t what I said.”
He added, “All the fault and all the blame here falls on me,” and went on to explain that he “lost” himself in both the illegal behavior and the lying.
Talking about doping being common practice in the sport, despite its illegality, Armstrong said, “I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop it. And that’s what I have to be sorry for.”
The athlete demurred when Oprah repeatedly tried to find out the logistics of his process, but Armstrong called it “very simple,” “risk-adverse” and “conservative, and even said his use of testosterone could be “justified” by his testicular cancer.
But the illness, said Armstrong, only enhanced his “win-at-all-costs” mentality, and even turned him into a “bully.”
Still, the cyclist was insistent that he never “forced” his teammates to dope along with him.
“The idea that anyone was forced or pressured or encouraged is not true,” he said.
Armstrong took responsibility for the large magnifying glass that is fixed on him, citing his “attitude” and “defiance.”
Asked about being viewed by some as a philanthropist for his LIVESTRONG foundation and others as a “jerk,” he said, “I’d say I was both. And we saw both. And now we’re seeing certainly more of the jerk part.”
And when shown a video of him racing, Armstrong didn’t hold back criticizing himself, saying, “Look at this arrogant pr*ck.”
Oprah asked the biker whether he felt he was doing wrong at the time, felt badly about it or felt that he was cheating, and he answered “no” to all three.
And though he said “no,” he was never afraid of getting caught, Amstrong added later that he knows his confession was a long time coming.
“This is too late. It’s too late for probably most people,” he told Oprah. “And that’s my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.”
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LANCE FINALLY CONFESSES; ANSWERS “YES OR NO” QUESTIONS:
LANCE EXPLAINS WHY HE IS CONFESSING NOW:
LANCE TALKS ABOUT BEING “RECKLESS” “JERK”:
LANCE ON HIS “INEXCUSABLE” ATTACKS ON MASSEUSE EMMA O’REILLY:
LANCE SAYS HE COULDN’T WIN WITHOUT DOPING:
LANCE ON HOW HIS SCHEME EVEN WORKED: