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Diatribe: Quelle Surprise! Armstrong Used Drugs!

01/18/2013

ArmstrongSometimes news really isn’t news.  Ashley Simpson mimed her performance on Saturday Night Live?  Janet Jackson was secretly married?  Jodie Foster is gay?  Lance Armstrong used drugs?!

Seriously … did anybody really think that he didn’t use drugs?

He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped.  In a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged that he had lied for years about being the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme that kept him on the podium time and again.  During all seven of his Tour de France wins, from 1999-2005, Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs.   Winfrey got right to the point and asked him five “yes” or “no” questions to begin the interview.

  • Did Armstrong use banned substances? “Yes.”
  • Did he use EPO? “Yes.”
  • Did he do blood doping and transfusions? “Yes.”
  • Did he use testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone? “Yes.”
  • Did he do it in all seven of his Tour wins? “Yes.”

The fascinating story of a cancer survivor returning to win one of the most exhausting sporting events seven times in a row was, in fact, too good to be true.  It remains to be seen if the interview and his confession will help or hurt him when it comes to repairing his reputation or aid in his defense in pending lawsuits.  But it really comes as no surprise to most of us that he was lying.

Is it news if everyone already knows it?

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10 Comments
  1. ::::yawn:::::
    Didn’t Lance hear that this story broke months ago?
    Way to get “ahead” of the story Lance. AND Oprah.

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  2. he and his team of lawyers and publicists are trying to manage the story so he can still survive it and continue to make money. i imagine this “confession” has been carefully planned and managed for ages. i agree with anonymous: *yawn*

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    • I’m starting to believe that he really didn’t think he was cheating and that they all were taking something. It’s not like he was miles ahead of the second place finisher every time. But, really, he was pushing his luck after the fourth or fifth win, right?

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      • Oh, he knew he was cheating, but he wanted to “win” and “everybody else” was doing it. I’m disgusted with him. I’m thinking it would be better to allow performance-enhancing drugs than keep playing this game of catch-me-if-you-can.

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  3. When the seemingly impossible was achieved – seven wins – it was pretty obvious. It is like Barry Bonds becoming an inhuman power hitter with a bulging neck late in his career. I guess the three baseball players being denied the Hall of Fame at the same time this is happening to Lance is poetic justice.

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  4. Personally, I think the whole cycling industry is being hypocritical. ALL of the riders were using drugs. Yes, Lance Armstrong was a leader. Yes, he won 7 times, but he won using the same drugs as everyone else. He started a foundation for cancer which has done a lot to help people with cancer. The foundation has raised awareness of the need for money for cancer treatment & given hope to a lot of people fighting cancer.

    Yes, Lance Armstrong lied. Yes, he sued people for accusing him of lying. He went about some things all wrong.

    But it does not erase the good things he did.

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