Hola. Hope you are well.
Today’s blog is all about one man Lance Armstrong and his admission on Oprah Winfrey‘s show , that he is a drugs cheat. I’m sure if the cycling authorities knew all it would take for Lance to confess was an interview with Oprah, they would have got her involved sooner.
Having said that if he had to confess on a talk show, and it appears he had to, I think he should have done it on Chatty Man with Alan Carr. The tone of the interview may have been different but I’m sure it would have been entertaining.
A lot of people seem to feel let down by Lance as they had bought into his story and now they too feel cheated. I wouldn’t say I was one of those people but I did have respect for Lance, not for his cycling achievements but because he was the man who initiated the wearing of rubber wristbands to promote a cause. It may seem hard to believe now but back in the early 00’s (naughties) most things could be solved by wearing a bit of rubber on your wrist, from poverty, to racism to bullying and this was down to Lance.
He was also the man who appears in Dodgeball near the end when Vince Vaughn‘s character was going through a crisis of confidence and through a motivational speech was able to inspire Vince’s character to play in the final. Now with this confession, he’s made a mockery of the film.
I did like that in the interview, Lance claims that taking performance enhancing drugs was not in fact cheating. He went on to say he looked up the word cheat in the dictionary, where it said ‘to gain an unfair advantage’ and as his competitors were taking performance enhancing drugs he couldn’t be cheating. What I like most about this is that Lance’s defence seems to be more about linguistic semantics and not what is instinctively right or wrong.
Now that it has all come out and he’s had to make this massive climb down, which I don’t think would be easy for someone with his personality, I wonder if he now thinks all the lies, deceit and cover ups were with it. The one thing he may cling to is the fact that his set up was described as being “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”. He should put it on his CV (resume) as it maybe too long to fit neatly on a wristband.
Til next time, stay safe!