Defiant no more, after months of silence on the topic, disgraced professional cyclist http://lancearmstrong.com/”>Lance Armstrong will for the first time admit to his usage of performance-enhancing drugs. In an upcoming television interview with talk show host http://oprah.com/”>Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong will address the allegations made against him by the http://usantidoping.org/”>United States Anti-Doping Agency (http://usantidoping.org/”>USADA) and fellow cyclists. Back in October 2012, the http://freshnessmag.com/2012/10/17/nike-ends-contract-with-lance-armstrong-as-he-quits-livestrong-charity-organization/”>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 http://sports.sho.com/programs/60-minutes-sports/2013″>60 Minutes of Sports, the sports-oriented spin-off of http://cbsnews.com/video/60minutes”>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 http://letour.com/”>Tour de France titles). Taping for the segment will take place today at Armstrong’s home in Austin. The exclusive will be broadcast on http://oprah.com/”>OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this Thursday evening at 9pm EST. It will also be broadcast simultaneously online on http://oprah.com/”>Oprah.com and Facebook.com/OWNTV.