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'.

  • The interview is about to begin.
  • Oprah: When we first met we agreed that there would be no holds barred.
  • Armstrong looks nervous.
  • Oprah: Yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your performance? Armstrong: Yes.
  • Oprah: In all 7 of your Tour de France victories did you take banned substances? Armstrong: Yes.
  • Armstrong: Earlier in my career, there was cortisone.
  • Oprah: For 13 years you brazenly denied. Why now?
  • Armstrong: This is too late. That's my fault. I view this situation as one big lie.
  • Armstrong: This story was perfect for so long.
  • Armstrong on Betsy -everything is not okay with them. They were deeply hurt. Oprah: You did call her crazy, you called her many things.
  • Oprah: Emma -how do you feel about that today? Armstrong: Not good. I was just on the attack.
  • Armstrong: Team, reputation threatened -I was on the attack.
  • Armstrong on Landis confessing: That was the tipping point.
  • Armstrong: Floyd kept messaging me "I have videos, I'll put it all on Youtube."
  • Armstrong on Landis: We didn't give him a spot on the team which he wanted. If that was a blow-off, then yeah.
  • Armstrong: I didn't shun him. He felt like the sport did.
  • Armstrong: We wouldn't be sitting here if I didn't come back.
  • Oprah: You would have gotten away with it?
  • Armstrong: It's impossible to say, but it didn't.
  • Oprah: Did you not think that you would be found out at some point?
  • Armstrong: I just assumed the stories would continue for a long time. We're sitting here because there was a 2 year investigation.
  • Oprah: When the case was dropped, did you have any influence over it? Armstrong: No.
  • Oprah (on the dropping of the case): Did it feel like the wolves have left the door? Armstrong: (nods) Those were some serious wolves.
  • Oprah: What was your reaction when you learned that USADA was going to pick up the case.
  • 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.
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