Video: Lance Armstrong with Oprah.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 16, 2013
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Lance Armstrong comes clean with Oprah. “The biggest interview I’ve ever done.”

Update: The NY Times’ review of Lance’s not-quite-apology.

The Oprah Winfrey Network has posted some video highlights from the interview on the broadcaster’s YouTube channel.

Video of Lance Armstrong admitting that he doped to win the Tour de France.
Lance Armstrong: “I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.”

Lance Armstrong discusses the “cocktail” of drugs he used to boost his performance.

“He met the moment.”

“He did not come clean in the manner I expected.”

“He was so forthcoming.”

More detail, context, commentary: Blow-by-blow coverage.


A two-and-a-half hour interview (which airs starting Thursday).



Backed into a corner by his own lies and his wish to protect the organization his inspiring comeback from cancer built, Lance finally comes clean.

“They all do it. Some of them get caught. Lance isn’t the hero we all wanted him to be, nor is he the demon he is painted as now. He did what he needed to win.”

But he took others down to protect his “innocence,” including for-real hero Greg LeMond’s bicycle business:

Excerpt: read the rest, here.

It was a public stance that ultimately cost LeMond his bicycle business, and pitted him against a legion of Armstrong supporters, many of whom painted the three-time Tour winner as bitter, or jealous.

“[LeMond] said, ‘If Lance’s story is true, it’s the greatest comeback in the history of sport, if it’s not, it’s the greatest fraud,’ and of course that was just raising the question that it might be a fraud,” Walsh told GCN’s Daniel Lloyd. “Armstrong, of course, went insane with anger, and Greg then was vilified by Armstrong, [he] was put under unbelievable pressure.”

Armstrong’s influence led to his bike sponsor, Trek, dropping its support of the LeMond brand it had licensed for 13 years from the three-time Tour winner.

In 2008, Trek president John Burke told the trade magazine Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, “Had all the stars aligned with Lance and Greg, if [LeMond] had kept a positive relationship, [the LeMond brand] would have ended up a $30 [million] to $35 million brand.”

Instead, it wound up a memory.

“Armstrong could exercise unbelievable influence if he wanted to — to damage your business interests, or destroy your character,” Walsh said. “He was a formidable and very dangerous enemy, Lance, and he didn’t mind using his power to destroy other people.”


Excerpt: read the rest, here.

We’ll always see him, in our mind’s eye, in yellow.

He was a champion who beat cancer, and attracted millions to the sport—and everyday activity—of cycling. Our debt to his leadership, magnetism and exertion will never be repaid.

He was a champion who beat cancer, but could not beat the USADA’s “witchhunt.”

Competing in a time when everyone doped, it’s likely he did so. Cyclists have told me he did so, and that everyone did so, and he had to compete, but that he would eventually be busted.

For more: Why we should all keep Supporting Livestrong.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Video: Lance Armstrong with Oprah.”

  1. GeoffOfOz says:

    Really? Still on the Kool-Aid? You guys doubt everything big business tells you about food, politics and the bvuronment but refuse to take a real critical eye to this? That beggars belief. If you want a good summary, check out a show called “4 Corners” in Australia and their summary of the Lance deception. This is why hero worship is dangerous, coz its so blinding.

  2. MatBoy says:

    I think Lance has the personal skills, so greatly encouraged in this country, to be a successful politician or a very effective CEO. Skills such as deception, intimidation, persuasion and focus on short-term results. Now he is attempting to weasel his way out of the punishment society demands when one is caught for moral offenses. If he were a president and started an unnecessary and illegal war it would be easier to align support to let him off the hook. I'll be curious to see what happens to him next.

  3. Lisa Braddock says:

    The fact that he threatened and cursed people who told the truth regarding his involvement in something *he* lied about is even worse than the fact that he was doping. Then he became a cheater and a liar. If he'd had the guts to admit it and let the cards fall where they may, he might have been able to come out of this with a few shreds of respect. At least now all his fans who insisted this was a witch-hunt will get front-row seats to the reveal of Lance's dark side. Very sad all around….

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