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Lance Armstrong's Confession: VIDEO

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Yes, I doped, and it wasn't humanly possible to win seven Tour de France titles without it.

In a nutshell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. To [Einstein} Bill:

    You write:
    The other question is whether the use of performance-enhancing drugs changed the outcome of the races: it may not if everyone is cheating equally.

    Armstrong himself has said he could not have won the Tour de France if he didn't dope.

    He is a liar of the first order. He is still lying. He is a sociopath.... like everyone else in Texas.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jan 18, 2013 9:29:43 AM


  2. Lance you didn't win the tour of France 7 times nor did you have those victories. You cheated that's all you did.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 18, 2013 10:19:36 AM


  3. No. I think that there must be something more to this story that is not yet revealed. OK, as many around the globe have earlier guessed that the once revered bicycling hero Lance Armstrong illegally doped. Some have the opinions that he was "just a mediocre cyclist". He was not. He was excellent by any standards! (Even his competitors have said as much.) The cost of the drugging, transfusions, the sophisticated medical help, etc. for the seven Tour de France bycycle races alone is now estimated at well over a million dollars. The REAL tragedy is that by so doing he undoubtedly has hurt an awful lot of people. They included the many who looked up to him, friends, teammates, his private propaganda machine, the Livestrong cancer organization and the the cyclist who really deserved to win the races. His constant in your face denials in and out of court over so many years may even enter the language as lancearmstrongean when someone lies loudly and constantly about something in the future. Some have questioned why he deems it important to confess now? Far more important, what was his MOTIVE in the first place? Am certain there are several small if contributing reasons however, none of them seem quite monumental enough. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said,"Show me a hero and i'll write you a tragedy!" He might well have been speaking about Lance and the many people he hurt.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 18, 2013 11:00:14 AM


  4. I couldn't watch the whole thing. Somehow, even in his "confession" he still comes across like a smug pr1ck.
    I smell a reality show in his future.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 18, 2013 12:29:25 PM


  5. The most damning piece of this story isn't the doping (please, they were all doing it, he didn't steal a race from anyone), it's his attacks and attempts at a coverup that show his true character.

    The false lawsuits, the threats, the destruction of people's reputation are far more unforgivable. He's still got work to do to atone for that.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Jan 18, 2013 1:46:22 PM


  6. Its not just Lance Armstrong or cycling. Steroid use (any forms) is out of control in a lot of professional sports. Even high school athletes have been encouraged to dope. Somehow our culture has the idea talent doesn't take it too far. The competition is so intense that you can't hope to succeed without it. How many records in how many sports are really brought to you by doping? We're saying bad bad Lance but its hardly just Lance. A lot of people have weighed in on this issue over the past decade and its still going on. Where does it go from here. Is Lance the poster boy for reformed athletes or just the latest to join the club? Move over Conseco, Palmero, Bonds, Clemens we've got Lance Armstrong. Are fans so bored with ordinary human achievement that the bar keeps going higher and higher. If everyone's doping already on the plateau of doping now what are they going to use to enhance?

    Posted by: mark | Jan 18, 2013 2:11:57 PM


  7. @Dan Cobb: Armstrong did not say he could not have won the Tour de France, but rather that he could not have won it 7 times in a row without using drugs or blood transfusions (in fact, he claimed no one could have done that.) Go back and look at the video again: Oprah definitely asked about winning 7 times in a row, and wanted yes or no answers.

    Also from what he said, it appears that he used very little in the way of drugs during the races (he phrased it as "not a lot") - most of the performance boost at that point was probably due to blood transfusions, which are much harder to detect. He might have made more use of drugs while he was home training.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 18, 2013 5:37:44 PM


  8. One other thing to keep in mind: while he claimed that it was not possible for anyone to win 7 times in a row without using drugs, he was not asked if it was possible to win few times (and maybe not in a row). Also, to win without using drugs 7 times in a row means beating people who were using drugs given how widespread the use of those drugs was (and possibly still is). So I suggest being careful about interpreting what he was saying given that is was more or less yes or no answers to questions that should realistically have lengthy answers.

    Also, it is not like there is a record for "fastest time completing the race" as that is not particularly meaningful: they all ride in a tight group called a peleton for most of the race, typically leaving the peleton only at the end of a stage. If you simply took off and tried to go faster than everyone else, you'd quickly tire out due to air resistance, which is reduced in a peleton except for people at the very front of it, and people take turns being at the front. Near the end of a stage, generally a team will try to sprint ahead, with their best rider drafting the others until he gets close enough to sprint to the finish. And that's just the simple version - it gets more complicated when there are mountain passes to go over, and things work a bit differently if there is a head wind versus a tail wind.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 18, 2013 7:15:59 PM


  9. Unfortunately the world of sport now , any sport is becoming a matter of how to best do what you can to win.
    I'm well aware no sport is free of performance enhancing, humans or animals.
    It's impossible to reach the goals that are expected without it.
    The demands are placed by the sponsors , parents, schools, coaches and on and on..it's a long line of individuals that demand the best and are willing to look the other way and more often participate to make sure of a win.
    Winning now is not about the glory it's about the fame and fortune and all that comes with it.

    Posted by: Darren | Jan 19, 2013 2:22:08 AM


  10. I have never been able to understand why so many people have to hang on to every action and/or statement "Celebrities" make. Athletes have been placed on such high towers that none can do anything just on their basic abilities. They Have to excel, by any means, or the public will abandemm them.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jan 19, 2013 4:10:43 PM


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