AP source: Lance Armstrong admits he doped to Oprah Winfrey

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  • Pilot70 Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    The pathetic thing is Armstrong STILL doesn't get it. Even after rumors that he would admit what he did, he refused to confess to officials, his competitors, reporters ... even his staff and his friends. He would ONLY give a self-serving 'confession' to Oprah, who doubtless paid top-dollar for her 'exclusive.' He's STILL trying to profit the easy way, and is quite willing to take what he hasn't actually earned.

    As for heroes: Come-on, folks... So one hero lets you down. Get over it! No need to wallow in self-pity. We have plenty of heroes in the world who haven't let anyone down. Don't let THEM down. True heroes do what they do for the good of it, not for the money or the attention. They're easy to spot, in sports, in church, in your family, workplace or neighborhood. The mistake in idolizing Armstrong wasn't in foolishly believing in heroes ... It was believing in celebrity and supposed athletic prowess instead of real character. Good character is EVERYWHERE, if you just look. It just doesn't come attached to a big name.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    Bruce T. Forbes- I know how you feel. I once used a church leader as an example to an audience , 6 months later he was being indicted for some pretty heinous things. No more church heros for me. I guess my point is this, be careful who you put on a pedestal, you never know if they are truly worthy of it.

  • UT Brit London, England
    Jan. 15, 2013 3:30 p.m.


    How much do you have to raise for charity to cancel out the careers he ruined and the fraud he committed? There is a long line of people with lawsuits ready.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    "Very sad that he also stole a moment of glory from the person that should have won. Getting the award years later just doesn't come close to being on the podium."

    Valid point. However, how can anyone know who doped and who didn't? Seems to me that the testing is unreliable at best (or can be bought)

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Very sad that he also stole a moment of glory from the person that should have won. Getting the award years later just doesn't come close to being on the podium.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 15, 2013 2:00 p.m.


    He didn't "beat" every one of them. He failed plenty of drug tests. He just bribed or intimidated authorities into ignoring or flat-out lying about the results.

    The other thing to consider is that it's really not that hard to beat a drug test. Jan Ullrich (Armstrong's chief rival for many years) passed over 700 drug tests before he finally failed one. There are masking agents on the market that cover for PED's, plus Armstrong was blood doping which is nearly impossible to detect. The only way to catch a blood doper is to find the transfusion equipment.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    he cheated, just like everyone else... big woop. He also raised millions upon millions of dollars for a good cause. If he had to cheat at a sport filled with other cheaters, fine by me.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 15, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    So here's my question, and, yes, I'm being serious: if Lance Armstrong cheated by using steroids, how did he beat HUNDREDS of blood and urine tests over the years? He beat every one of them.

    Yes, I read that he 'admitted' to something, but in all the dozens of sorties I've read on this, I have yet to read a single one that says HOW Lance cheated and didn't get caught.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    I don't care about his fame - I care about all the the money he stole from sponsors and other winnings. The man made 100 mil - illegally. Without the doping he makes nothing. ZERO. If is fine and good to disgrace him but the money he made should be re-claimed as well. Law suit after law suit should be filed to reclaim that money. Armstrong is a fraud and without the doping he would have been a skinny bike ride rider probably working in a bike shop changing tires since he probably would have never even finished a race in the top 10.

  • Bruce T. Forbes Kearns, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    I have only had one single "sports hero" in my life, and it was Lance Armstrong. All this hurts. I think there has to be a lot of people like me who cheered him on, beleived in him, and held him up as a good example even to my own sons. I think I even used him as an example in an address at church once. Yes, I have learned my lesson. No more sports heros.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    I guess this anonymous person simply wants notoriety, but simply has no moral value for keeping quiet. Honesty, is not part of their moral groundwork. SO sad, we have so many anonymous people willing to "leak" confidences without a second thought.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    This is a story about Lance and his actions. But somehow Obama gets dragged into the discussion? Must be painful to live with so much hate one can't see anything else.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    All the people who told the "truth" about Lance were once in the inner circle cheating and lying themselves.

    Their is no Honor among thieves!

    I know a lot of people who took steroids in college sports that will deny it to this day. Should we lynch them as well?

    Where do we draw the line on hunting people down who told a lie?

    Obama is a liar. So is most of Congress. So are most of you. So am I.

    It's all relative though. Some of us are just lying about Santa Claus and some of you are lying about Benghazi.

    As for Lance. He had a chance to be the greatest cyclist ever, even without cheating, because his tactics, commitment, and team were just so much better. He should have changed the sport for the better. He could have.

    Instead he blew it. Just like Obama is doing right now.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Doping is so widespread, and hiding from it such a game. Some of these 'sports' should just give up and let the participants bulk up as they want. It's dangerous and stupid to do this, but that's what they want to do.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2013 7:50 a.m.


    Seriously? So, Lance and the rest just ate "enhancing performance foods".

    Can you say DENIAL?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2013 6:36 a.m.

    Completely agree with FT.

    More damaging that the doping, was the lengths Armstrong went after his accusers. He used his "weight" to destroy people who told the truth. He devastated people financially and trashed their character. All while knowing they were being truthful.

    Many will give Lance a pass for his doping.

    His real crime was the lengths he went to cover it up.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 5:50 a.m.

    Rightfully Lance is right about not using any illegal substances and they had done more than enough tests to make that statement correct and I think the commission unjustly stripped him of his titles.

    But with current technology and pathological testing of human body enhancing performance foods, it was the combination and methodology the team used to enhance themselves that give them an edge and not really a drug issue.

    It took them 7+ years and collaboration of several nations to figure out how personalized bio engineering was accomplished. I'd wager a bet that every country invloved in these races are using the same kind of bio engineering of the individual bodies of every athlete competing in bike races to college and professional sports.

    The combination of foods and enhancers are impossible in drug testing, so bio engineering of athletes is here, its the sports world version of engineered super soldiers with short term MTBF. (MTBF=Mean Time Between Failure in the engineers world).

    Its the same principle of bio engineered caffeinated super worker enhancers who usually end up more burned out as employee than hero in the office, fake friendships tend to impede others talents.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    Did he call all of his old assoicates, friends and competitors who accused him of cheating and apoligize for going after them emotionally and financially? He was a mean, nasty person to anyone or any group who questioned his integrity.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    What goes around comes around...

    armstrong should be treated with the same scorn he gave to those he betrayed.

    I will never forget the picture of armstrong celebrating the 2004 Tour win with his arms raised above his head in triumph...wearing the maillot jaune with the word LIAR printed across his chest.

    A well deserved legacy.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    Henceforth, Lance Armstrong's name will always be associated with the words 'cheater' and 'liar'.
    It is sad that his competitive spirit was greater than his personal integrity.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 14, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    Everyone pretty much knew it, Armstrong was just the last one to admit it.