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Armstrong Confesses to Oprah About Performance Enhancers, Sources Say

In an interview to air Thursday, the 7-time Tour de France winner is reported to have admitted using drugs to win the race.

Seven-time Tour-de-France winner Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he did indeed use performance enhancing drugs to win the prestigious race, news outlets reported Monday.

The interview with Winfrey is due to be broadcast Thursday on her network.

Armstrong lost all seven titles in 2012 after lengthy anti-doping investigations.

He is reported to have stopped by the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded, on his way to the interview, to apologize to staff, many of whom broke down in tears, according to news reports. However, he did not make a direct confession to them, according to this Huffington Post story.

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Doug Strickland January 15, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I don't think that "enhancing your athletic performance in any way is cheating". After all, aren't all athletes enhancing their performance in SOME way? i'm not saying that HGH has the same risks as protein gorging or some of the life-threatening training... but athletes make concessions between their health and their performance all the time. And remember, the athletes didn't bring all of the pressures of power, money, and fame into the business. That was the Fans, and the Agents. We LOVE our heroes, and we love to build them up. We love to make money on them, live vicariously through them... As for judging their personal character... these are athletes. They are just people. They get married, they have kids, they get divorces, just like "people". Until you walk a mile in their shoes...
Mark nadell January 15, 2013 at 06:28 PM
What a douche he deserves what ever heartbreak is due him. Excluding nothing.
Claire January 15, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Particularly in the United States, athletes are viewed as super hereos, trained from a very young age, often regardless of any health consequences. When children play football risking head trauma after head trauma resulting in life-long consequences, being disabled after a professional career, when gymnasts are anorexic to be competitive and baseball players sustain dramatic injuries because of certain bats that are used, it is not suprising that the pressure on these athletes gets bigger and bigger and the money involved puts pressure they cannot resist. This nation 'sacrifices' the lives of these athletes for their enjoyment (???) and then casts stones when they resort to drugs. We need to ask ourselves - do we want to sacrifice the health of these people? I think anyone and everyone who follows and watches these sports is somewhere contributing to this trend and doesn't think - or give a damn - about the consequences for these athletes. But what would America do without Monday night football, the Tour de France and the Super Bowl? Perhaps they could excercise a little themselves during that time and get rid of the 70% overweight people and the high blood pressure. What a thought! But of course it is easier to have a beer and eat nachos watching these atheletes getting hurt! Cheers!
Reginald "Rex" Henderson January 16, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I'm looking hard for the local angle. Or even a tiny bit of local relevance. Nope - none.
Julie Pendray January 16, 2013 at 06:06 AM
There are so many bicycling enthusiasts in Sonoma County. Sometimes we run stories of interest to our readers, even if they aren't strictly local.

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