Lance Armstrong spoke last night with Oprah Winfrey on his years of using performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted that he doped in some form for each of his seven Tour de France victories
He said ,
- I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times
- It carried on for as long as it did was because he 'didn't feel like
- The definition of cheat is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe that they didn't have. I didn't view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.
- It was definitely professional and it was definitely smart if you can call it that but it was very conservative, very risk averse, and very aware of what mattered.
- While I've lived through this process ... I know the truth the truth isn’t what is out there, the truth isn’t what I said.
- I didn't invent the culture but I didn't try to stop the culture and that's my mistake. The sport is now paying the price for that, and I am sorry for that
The International Olympic Committee sent him a letter asking him to return the bronze medal that he won in the 2000 Sydney Games.
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'I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times and as you said it wasn't as if I just said no and moved off of it.
'I viewed it as very simple. We had things that were oxygen boosting drugs for lack of a better word that were incredibly beneficial to endurance sports.
When was the last time he doped: 'The last time I crossed the line- that line- was in 2005.
'This is too late, it's too late for probably most people and that's my fault.
'I am flawed, deeply flawed. I think we all have our flaws. I deserve this.
'I didn't understand the magnitude of that following and we see it now... The important thing is that I am beginning to understand it.
Their testier back-and forth:
Oprah: Did it not even feel wrong?
Lance: No, it's scary.
Oprah: Did you feel bad about it?
Lance: No, even scarier.
Oprah: Did you feel in anyway that you were cheating?
Lance: No, that's the scariest.
After he answered a series of yes and no questions where he admitted to using testosterone, EPO, and blood transfusions throughout his career, she asked:
Oprah: Yes or no, in all seven of your Tour de France victories did you ever take banned substances or blood dope?
Oprah: Was it humanly possible to win seven Tour de Frances if you were not taking performance enhancing drugs?
Lance: Not in my opinion.
The Department of Justice pursued a two year criminal investigation into Armstrong, pursuing charges of fraud, drug trafficking, witness tampering. They then dropped the investigation without an explanation.
Lance: I thought I was out of the woods-
Oprah: -The wolves had left the door.
Lance: And those are some serious wolves.
When talking to the wife of one of his teammates who accused him of doping, and continued to defame her in other interviews:
Lance: 'I said, "listen, I called you crazy, I called you a bitch. I called you all these things, but I never called you fat"'