Lance Armstrong To Talk With Oprah Winfrey About His Doping Scandal

By - January 14th, 2013

Lance Armstrong To Talk With Oprah Winfrey About His Doping Scandal

Defiant no more, after months of silence on the topic, disgraced professional cyclist”>Lance Armstrong will for the first time admit to his usage of performance-enhancing drugs. In an upcoming television interview with talk show host”>Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong will address the allegations made against him by the”>United States Anti-Doping Agency (”>USADA) and fellow cyclists. Back in October 2012, the”>USADA issued a 1,000-page report detailing Armstrong’s doping activities that occurred over the course of a decade. In it, the agency stated that Armstrong participated in “the most sophisticated doping program in recent sports history,” and added Armstrong not only doped himself but acted as a supplier and enabler to his teammates, all so he could win titles. Even as long-time sponsors such as Trek, Nike and Oakley dropped him, Armstrong continued to claim the accusations were part of a “private witch hunt” against him because of his successes. Even more allegations have surfaced recently, however. As a headline story for″>60 Minutes of Sports, the sports-oriented spin-off of”>60 Minutes, USADA’s CEO, Travis Tygart, made mention of past attempts by Armstrong to give his agency a monetary gift of $250,000, a blatant conflict of interest.

All reports ahead of the interview point to a “partial” admittance by Armstrong to drug-taking during his reign as the most successful cyclist in modern times (Armstrong held seven”>Tour de France titles). Taping for the segment will take place today at Armstrong’s home in Austin. The exclusive will be broadcast on”>OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this Thursday evening at 9pm EST. It will also be broadcast simultaneously online on”> and

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