Leave it to Oprah to get that confession from Lance.
Oprah was to reveal the confession in her interview with Armstrong this upcoming Thursday on the OWN network, but a source close to the story leaked it before she was able to do so.
Oprah met with Armstrong yesterday in his hometown of Austin, Texas to interview him about the allegations, investigation, and losing his title. The two-part episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air nationally Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, 2013.
Are you surprised? I’m not, but I was hoping that it wasn’t true. I was rooting for him and for his accomplishments. It takes extraordinary discipline, talent, strength and dedication to be an athlete at the level he competed at. Maybe that’s why he decided to turn to doping? Maybe the pressure of being number one was too much? Perhaps, he was fully aware of what he was doing and didn’t care. No one will really know; no one but Lance Armstrong himself.
I believe that the statement released back in October by the USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart, in regards to The U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy really got the clock ticking for Armstrong’s judgment day.
In it, Tygart wrote:
“The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.
Together these different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence reveal conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy. All of the material will be made available later this afternoon on the USADA website at www.usada.org.
The USPS Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices. A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today.
The evidence demonstrates that the ‘Code of Silence’ of performance enhancing drug use in the sport of cycling has been shattered, but there is more to do. From day one, we always hoped this investigation would bring to a close this troubling chapter in cycling’s history and we hope the sport will use this tragedy to prevent it from ever happening again”.
Based on that statement and the 1,000 pages plus report that accompanied it many of Lance’s remaining sponsors dropped him and he eventually resigned from his Livestrong Charity. I guess we’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out the truth according to Lance Armstrong”.
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