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Armstrong Confesses to Oprah About Performance Enhancers, Sources Say

In an interview to air Thursday, the 7-time Tour de France winner is reported to have admitted using drugs to win the race.

Seven-time Tour-de-France winner Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he did indeed use performance enhancing drugs to win the prestigious race, news outlets reported Monday.

The interview with Winfrey is due to be broadcast Thursday on her network.

Armstrong lost all seven titles in 2012 after lengthy anti-doping investigations.

He is reported to have stopped by the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded, on his way to the interview, to apologize to staff, many of whom broke down in tears, according to news reports. However, he did not make a direct confession to them, according to this Huffington Post story.

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Janette Brown January 15, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Sad and disappointed.....that is how I feel....I find it hard to look at athletes ...any athlete in the same way again....to enhance your athletic performance is like cheating in any form and you can never be trusted again. I feel all sports because of the power, fame and money involved athletics are pressured to be the best no matter what the means... Is there any one out there that can make it on their own merit anymore? I am truly disillusioned.
joyce January 15, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I never likes the guy. He left his first wife, who nursed him back to health from his testicular cancer to run off with cancer publicist Kristen. Then she has a litter of kids for h through painful IVF. He later leaves her for chanteuse Sheryl Crow. She's diagnosed with breast cancer, and where is lance? Adios, amiga! Where's the loyalty? Then he point blank can stare into a camera and an interviewer and vehemently deny any use of performance-enhancing drugs. I say that Lance's ability to lie so unflinchingly makes him a pathological liar. And now he wants to get all teary and confess? Oh please. And take the witness stand against other dopers? Are we to believe any more of his bullc..p?
Mike Mahoney January 15, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Your all a bunch of hypocrites, as a society we all take everything available to win that is the truth none of us will admit, go ahead throw the first stone at yourself. What makes any of us think we can hold these athletes to some phony standard of behavior. I say let them take what ever they can find , until their hearts explode on world wide television. It's all about money, The advertisers will pull back and suddenly sports will matter to only to the participants again as it should be. Then all you fools can stop trying to identify with some stupid sport figure get off your asses and have a life. Nobody really gives a shit anymore about anything, because the planet is beginning to look like us and there are no heros or saints coming to save us this time. So go ride your bike.
Janette Brown January 15, 2013 at 04:53 PM
And there he is Mike the Mouth Mahoney back to call us fools and hypocrites ! The questions asked was not about us . We were asked a question and gave our opinion. And Joyce I agree with you thank you for your input. Mike you are a A** ! Get a life dude.
Doug Strickland January 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
...and in other breaking news, Santa Wears Red!!! Anyone naive enough to believe that professional athletes don't do everything in their power to improve their performance has their head in the sand. Given the pressures and unrealistic expectations placed on them, its hardly surprising that they will do what is "necessary" to compete. Mike raises an interesting point. We put all of these gladiator-scale pressures on the athletes, and then we pretend to be shocked when they take a drug that makes them faster, stronger, whatever. Isn't that a little disingenuous of us? What if HGH and other PED's were legal? Seems the problem is more in an uneven application of current laws, where some athletes get away with breaking the rules (and lying to congress). Make it legal, the athletes are selling their bodies for a short time anyways, and then lets deal qwith the aftermath...
Doug Strickland January 15, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I don't think that "enhancing your athletic performance in any way is cheating". After all, aren't all athletes enhancing their performance in SOME way? i'm not saying that HGH has the same risks as protein gorging or some of the life-threatening training... but athletes make concessions between their health and their performance all the time. And remember, the athletes didn't bring all of the pressures of power, money, and fame into the business. That was the Fans, and the Agents. We LOVE our heroes, and we love to build them up. We love to make money on them, live vicariously through them... As for judging their personal character... these are athletes. They are just people. They get married, they have kids, they get divorces, just like "people". Until you walk a mile in their shoes...
Mark nadell January 15, 2013 at 06:28 PM
What a douche he deserves what ever heartbreak is due him. Excluding nothing.
Claire January 15, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Particularly in the United States, athletes are viewed as super hereos, trained from a very young age, often regardless of any health consequences. When children play football risking head trauma after head trauma resulting in life-long consequences, being disabled after a professional career, when gymnasts are anorexic to be competitive and baseball players sustain dramatic injuries because of certain bats that are used, it is not suprising that the pressure on these athletes gets bigger and bigger and the money involved puts pressure they cannot resist. This nation 'sacrifices' the lives of these athletes for their enjoyment (???) and then casts stones when they resort to drugs. We need to ask ourselves - do we want to sacrifice the health of these people? I think anyone and everyone who follows and watches these sports is somewhere contributing to this trend and doesn't think - or give a damn - about the consequences for these athletes. But what would America do without Monday night football, the Tour de France and the Super Bowl? Perhaps they could excercise a little themselves during that time and get rid of the 70% overweight people and the high blood pressure. What a thought! But of course it is easier to have a beer and eat nachos watching these atheletes getting hurt! Cheers!
Reginald "Rex" Henderson January 16, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I'm looking hard for the local angle. Or even a tiny bit of local relevance. Nope - none.
Julie Pendray (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 06:06 AM
There are so many bicycling enthusiasts in Sonoma County. Sometimes we run stories of interest to our readers, even if they aren't strictly local.

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