LIVE BLOG: Lance Armstrong admits to doping on Oprah

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LIVE BLOG: Lance Armstrong admits to doping on Oprah

Cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to using performance enhancing drugs on a special episode of Oprah Winfrey's show 'Oprah's Next Chapter'.

  • Oprah: What was your reaction when you learned that USADA was going to pick up the case.
  • Armstrong: I felt like they were coming into my territory and I would fight back. If I could go back, I would not fight back, I wouldn't file a case. I would listen.
  • Armstrong: To go back to that moment, I would say give me three days, let me call my family, my mother, my sponsors, and tell them what I'm gonna do. I'm going to be right there (to testify.)
  • Oprah: You can't take that back but in the future, will you cooperate with USADA?
  • Armstrong: I disrespected the rules but if we can, and I stand on no moral platform here, but if they have it (an effort to clean up the sport) and I was invited, I would be the first man at the door.
  • Armstrong: George is the most credible voice in all of this. I don't fault George Hincapie. He knows the story better than anybody.
  • That's it for Part 1 of the Lance Armstrong interview on Oprah. It continues tomorrow at 10 am!
  • Part 2 of Oprah's interview with Lance Armstrong starts.
  • Oprah and Armstrong now talking about the Livestrong Foundation.
  • Oprah: Of everything that happened in this entire process, in this fall from grace, has this been the lowest (resigning as Livestrong chairman)?
  • Armstrong: Yes, this is the lowest.
  • Oprah: Are you facing your demons?
  • Armstrong: Absolutely. It's a process.
  • "Can Livestrong survive without you?" Armstrong: I hope so.
  • Oprah: Do you think that banned substances contributed to you getting cancer?
  • Armstrong: I don't think so. I'm not a doctor. I don't have a doctor suggest that to me personally.
  • Armstrong on what he thinks about himself back in 2005: I don't like that guy. He felt and believed he was invincible. He's still here, I'm not going to lie to the public. But his on the process of exiting.
  • Armstrong to his fans: I understand your anger. You supported me forever, and I lied to you. I'm sorry. I'm willing to spend as long as I have to to make amends.
  • "Do I want to compete again?" Armstrong: Hell yes. I'm a competitor. That's what I've been doing all my life.
  • Oprah: Do you owe David Walsh an apology who for 13 years pursued this story?
  • Armstrong: I'd apologize to David.
  • Armstrong on whether he is doing this interview because he wants to get back to cycling
    : Hell yeah, I'm a competitor. I love to race.
  • "Do you think you deserved to be punished?" Armstrong: I deserve to be punished. I'm not sure that I deserve a death penalty.
  • Armstrong: I can't lie to you. I'd love the opportunity to be able to compete. This may not be the most popular answer but I think I deserve it.
  • Armstrong: I would I like to run the Chicago marathon when I'm 50, but I can't.
  • "Do you have remorse?" Armstrong: Everybody thinks its kind of bummed out they got caught. Do I have remorse? Absolutely. I'm paying the price but I deserve it.
  • Oprah (on Armstrong's tweets after he was stripped of his medal) : Was it just you being your jerky arrogant self? What was that?
  • Armstrong: That was just more defiance. And you know what's scary is I actually thought it was a good idea at the time.
  • Oprah: How has it changed the way you see yourself? Or has it?
  • Armstrong: Not completely. This is heavy. This is messy and this isn't something I can tell you that yeah, we're okay.
  • Armstrong says there were people who knew about the truth, and wanted him to stop the lying.
  • Oprah: Could they have done something? Armstrong: No.
  • Armstrong talks about his ex-wife Kristin: She believes the truth will set you free. We believed in a lot of different things, but that doesn't matter. We have three kids, they deserve the truth. They deserve an honest dad.
  • Oprah: Was there anybody who knew the whole truth? Armstrong: Yeah.
  • Armstrong says his ex-wife Kristin was the only person he asked on whether he could come back to cycling. Kristin said yes but on one condition -- that he would not dope anymore.
  • Lance talks about his 13-year-old son Luke: He never asked me "dad is this true?" He trusted me.

    Armstrong on the verge of tears.
  • Armstrong on coming in 3rd place after his comeback: I didn't expect it. I just got beaten by two people who were just better than me. I did everything I could but I was beaten.
  • Armstrong on what he told his son Luke: I've always denied, which is probably why they trusted me. "I just want you to know their true. Don't defend me anymore"
  • Lance on his son Luke: He's been remarkably calm and cool about this.
  • Lance tells what his son Luke told him: Look, I love you. Your my dad. This won't change that.
  • Oprah: Did you expect defiance from your son Luke?
  • Lance: Thank God, he (Luke) is more like Kristin than like me.
  • Oprah: What was your intention that would come out of it (confession)?
  • Lance: I've suddenly lost all future income. You ask me about the cost? I don't like thinking about it.
  • Armstrong says he is doing this for his children. "This conversation will live forever. So I gotta get that right for them as they enter the dent of their lives."
  • Lance: I'm an optimist. I'm like my mom. I like to look forward. We don't talk about the past. I never asked about my biological father. How is she taking this? She's a wreck. She never told me, but my stepfather called. But she's a tough woman.
  • "Will you rise again?" Lance: I don't know. I don't know the outcome here but I'm getting comfortable with that. That would have driven me crazy, but I'm there. I'm sorry.
  • "Are you a better human being because this happened?" Lance: Without a doubt.
  • Lance: I can't lose myself again. I'm in no position to make promises, but that's the biggest challenge in my life - to not slip up again. I had it, and things got crazy. It's an epic challenge.
  • "What's the moral to this story?" Lance: I don't have a great answer to that. There's a lot of things that shouldn't be done. The ultimate crime is the betrayal of this people who supported me and believed in me.
  • Oprah: I think the moral of this story is what Kristin told you in 2009. "The truth will set you free."
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  • That concludes Oprah's interview with Lance Armstrong. Thank you!
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