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Lance Armstrong: The Confession And Doping Now

Lance Armstrong takes his story to Oprah. So, what do we think about him and doping now?

Lance Armstrong listens to a question from Oprah Winfrey. (AP/Harpo Productions)

Lance Armstrong listens to a question from Oprah Winfrey. (AP/Harpo Productions)

Famed cyclist and famed cancer survivor Lance Armstrong denied doping so fiercely and for so long.  He was brutal on those who suggested that he lied. Brought law suits.  Threatened careers.  Called critics crazy, prostitute, alcoholic.  And then last night with Oprah, never mind.

Yes, he said.  He doped.  Blood boosters, steroids, human growth hormone, testosterone.

He’s been stripped of his epic Tour de France wins.  His Olympic medal.  Now he’s fighting for something like redemption.  A second chance.

This hour, On Point:  the lessons of Lance Armstrong.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Daniel Coyle, author of “Lance Armstrong’s War,” co-author — with Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton — “The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs.” (@dcoyle80)

Karen Sternheimer, professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. Author of “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility.”

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today “Lance Armstrong is not sorry that he doped. He’s sorry that he got caught. The worst cheater in the history of sports has come clean not because it’s the right thing to do, but because he must believe it’s the expedient thing to do.”

CNN “Not only is disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong no longer officially a Tour de France winner — he’s no longer an Olympic medalist either. The International Olympic Committee has stripped Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, an IOC spokesman said Thursday. The committee has told Armstrong to return it.”

CBS News “I connected with Lance. We were both told that we had cancer two days apart on an October day in 1996. Though we had different diagnoses, we had the same chemotherapy regimen: ifosfomide, etoposide and cisplatin, powerful and exhausting medicines.”

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