By: Luke Quevedo
January 15th, seven times Tour de France winner and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey during a two hour interview on a using performance enhancing drugs during all seven of his wins. Doping resulted in him being stripped of all seven of his titles and being banned from Le Tour de France.
Armstrong apologized to staffers of the Livestrong foundation, the foundation he created to help cancer patients, before the interview with Oprah, and admitted to them of doping.
Oprah said to CBS that the interview, which she had prepared 112 questions for, was difficult.
According to ABC news, Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis has filed a lawsuit against Lance, and the federal government is likely to join in on it.
Since the U.S. Postal Service was a longtime sponsor of Armstrong, the government is seeking to collect millions from Armstrong. Most American didn’t like the Postal Service sponsoring a celebrity in the first place, because that money he receives comes directly from our tax money.
Armstrong is currently trying to pay back the Postal Service out of court.
Armstrong is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names of other cyclist who have doped. This could result in a reduction from his lifetime band. But many people don’t think it is his place to “snitch” on other people who have doped.
In the past, while Armstrong was doping, he denied ever taking any performance enhancing drugs, sometimes in a threatening way.
The president of the International Cycling Union said “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.”
According to 60 Minutes Sports, Armstrong once offered $250,000 to the Anti-Doping agency, so they wouldn’t ban him from le Tour de France. Armstrong’s attorney denied it, saying “No truth to that story […] First Lance heard of it was today (Monday). He never made any such contribution or suggestion.”
According to the New York Times, Armstrong admitted the information in order to restore his eligibility in athletic events such as triathlons and running events. If he confesses, the Anti-Doping Agency might feel sympathetic for him and let him off the hook.
Realistically, regardless of his confession, the Anti-doping agency is not going to let him off the hook. This story is one of many examples of how humans respond to the great physical demand of sports, combined with the pressures of money and fame.