Yes, I sat there through all 2 1/2 hours of the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was sort of like a train wreck – I just couldn’t look away. But, I’m glad that I did. I came to realize that I was crazy for supporting him all that time – and what a schmuck he really is.
In case you didn’t watch – Lance Armstrong did admit to doping, to using performance enhancing drugs, etc. All the things that people have been saying for years that he crucified them for. And, that’s one of the things that bothers me the most.
And, the people that he sued – for telling the truth. He even said that he couldn’t remember everybody that they sued because there was so many. Really?
One of my “favorite” things he said was that he didn’t consider what he did cheating. He had looked up the word cheating – and included in the definition is that you gain an unfair advantage by doing something that isn’t available to everyone. Another “really?” moment. If you’re in school, everyone can write the answers to test questions on their hands – so does that make it not cheating? I don’t think so.
One of the big questions that I have is regarding his marathon running. In his marathon debut at the New York City Marathon – Lance completed it in 2:59:36. Then, the next year he ran 2:46:43. So, did he do this running on his own? Did he have anything to “enhance” his performance here? I can’t help but think so.
Now, when all of this first started – when he was still proclaiming innocence and he was being banned from road races – I stood up for him. But, now I think I may have been blind and maybe crazy.
When Oprah talked to Lance about running in future road races and triathlons – his answer was “I deserve it”. Another “really” moment. You’ve admitted to cheating in sports – oops, I’m sorry, he doesn’t consider it cheating – but think that you’re entitled to still do races.
Yes, I know that he has raised millions of dollars for cancer. But, I can’t help but believe if he had been honest all these years – the totals might have been much more. But, I do hope that the LiveStrong Foundation can survive this – but, they may want to consider changing their name.
After sitting through the interview, I came away this:
1. He definitely has a hidden agenda
2. I was totally nuts for supporting him
3. It’s amazing how smug someone can be after admitting to doing wrong for many years.
I was really torn on the Lance Armstrong subject for awhile now, just ask my husband. But, after watching the Oprah interview – I am torn no more. Now, I can move on!
Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. I’d love to know.