Lance Armstrong Admits to Oprah, "One Big Lie"
During the two-part interview with Oprah, with the first half already set to broadcast Thursday night and the second half set to broadcast on Friday night, Armstrong admits that he did use drugs like EPO (Erythropoietin), testosterone, and cortisone. He also admits to receiving illegal blood transfusions from a sports trainer in Spain. In his own opinion, he states that he doesn't believe he would've won the seven Tour de France titles in his career without doping. Those titles were taken away by the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency).
In the USADA investigation into Armstrong's cycling career, 26 witnesses said they saw Armstrong doping, including eleven of his former teammates. Tyler Hamilton, one of Armstrong's former teammates, admitted in May 2011 that he, along with Armstrong and many of the U.S. Postal Service team that they were a part of during the Tour de France victories, did use PEDS to help them win the race. Initially, Armstrong defiantly denied any allegations about his use of PEDs, and sued many close to him for defamation, including Emma O'Reilly, his team's personal cycling masseuse.
During his doping years in the mid-90s to 2005, Armstrong tells Oprah that he was not ashamed of what he was doing at the time. He felt that he was not gaining an advantage over the competition, as it was a widespread situation. He even tells Oprah the meaning of the word "cheat," and believing that he was not cheating, because he had no true advantage over anyone else. He said that he didn't feel like he was cheating, and he admits that is the scariest part.
Oprah asks Armstrong if he thinks he is a "bully," and he responds, "Yeah, yeah I was a bully." He goes on to tell that he wanted to, "take control of the narrative," and that he would try to control those that he thought had things to say that he didn't like. When asked if winning was important to him, Armstrong replied, "Basically, basically. Winning was important. Winning was important. I still like to win, but I view it a little differently now."
"I think it was the ruthless desire to win," says Armstrong, when asked if he would risk it all to win.