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Lance Armstrong to Oprah: He Cheated and He's a ‘Flawed Character’

Although he already faced disgrace when he won Coronado's SuperFrog last fall, the former champion's fall became complete Thursday in the first part of his much-hyped Oprah interview.

Lance Armstrong's descent began just before his appearance in Coronado. It was complete Thursday as the first part of his exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on her OWN network.

By the time the former Tour de France champion competed in Coronado at September's , he had been pursued for years both by anti-doping officials and federal investigators. 

In the weeks before the race along the Silver Strand, he had given up the fight to avoid being stripped of his Tour de France titles and faced a lifetime ban from sanctioned sporting events.

Afterward, with the release of a detailed and damning U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, he was pushed out of his prominent and successful Livestrong charity and in the latest loss, forced to give up his 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

He entered a new stage of his public life Thursday, shedding the defiance that had marked much of his public talk about doping.

The Associated Press compiled a list of Armstrong's quotes from the first part of Winfrey's interview: (The conclusion will air at 9 p.m. Friday on OWN). 

  • On his performance-enhancing drug use: “Yes.” (his simple reply to a series of five questions that Winfrey opened up the interview with, on whether he used different banned substances, from EPO to testosterone.
  • On declining to point the finger at other cheaters, as several of his former teammates did at him: “I'm not comfortable talking about other people. I don't want to accuse anybody.”
  • On the causes and consequences of his aggressive nature: “It's a major flaw, and it's a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome. And it's inexcusable. And when I say there are people who will hear this and never forgive me, I understand that. I do.” 
  • On taking responsibility: “I deserve this,” he said of the scorn he's facing.

Armstrong answered most questions head on and showed little emotion during the 90-minute interview, in which Winfrey showed several videos of the bold athlete – even under oath – denying that he had ever used PED's.

She also drew him out on the issue of his treatment of critics, eliciting Armstrong's confession that he was a bully when it came to those who challenged or disagreed with him.

For more about reaction to Armstrong's admissions to Oprah, including those of the doping regulators who pursued him, see the Associated Press.

In addition, KGTV spoke to former Navy SEAL Mitch Hall, who was enthused about Armstrong's participation in the SuperFrog triathlon. Hall trained with Armstrong recently in Hawaii and offered Channel 10 his thoughts on the former champion's confessions.

What are your thoughts on what Lance Armstrong told Oprah? Is there anything he can say to redeem himself? Tell us in the comments.

Libi Uremovic January 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM
let's hope this puts in end to the mentality that lying and cheating are acceptable .. ...in sports, politics, and life in general...
Ed Sorrels January 19, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Libi, I don't elieve it You an optimist ! There are a certain percentage of the population that will if there is an extra dime to be made Cheat, Lie, or do almost anything else to get their greedy hand's on that last dime. Just look at the 15 indicted school officials, The Pillars of our community ! Randy Cunningham, Our War Hero, and the list goes on and on, It is part of the phsyche of some of us and always will be.
Libi Uremovic January 19, 2013 at 01:16 PM
the problem is that it's no longer a 'certain percentage' ....deviance has become an acceptable part of our culture in the last 30 years... it's become an addiction.... and we can see the results of our actions in our now 3rd world country... when i talked to mayor janney .... he was giving me all of his excuses until i asked him point blank: 'if ib is nothing more than a bedroom community why did you put this city into massive debt when the state & country is in economic decline ?'.... ..he just stared at me .... i could tell it never occurred to him to put the best interests of the people before his own greed.... it never occurred to him to think about where money comes from or if anything the profiteers were selling him was of any value to the community.... i ask you ed....have you ever visited a city because of the 'fancy curbs' ...or to walk down a dark street because not one person that works for the city understands the term 'pedestrian lighting'...? the elected and appointed officials took the bribes and payoffs ....the profiteers sold unnecessary crap because they're not paying for it and have no risk ....they just push the expenses on to the tax payer....the banks gave loans to cities on the theory that the tax payer will pick up the tab when the loans default ...again....
Libi Uremovic January 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
here's another shocker - why it took 10 years to indict this crook i'll never understand.... but better late than never.... '..A federal grand jury in New Orleans on Friday indicted the city's former Mayor Ray Nagin on 21 corruption-related charges, including bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns...'
Ed Sorrels January 19, 2013 at 07:10 PM
LOL, Like I said the "List" goes on and on !

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