Lance Armstrong confronts doping charges in interview

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:02pm EST
 

By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong could be jailed and cycling could be dropped from the Olympics as a result of the disgraced American athlete's reported admission that he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his racing career.

USA Today and other media said on Monday that Armstrong confessed to the doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired later this week. The talk show host confirmed the reports on Tuesday in an appearance on the "CBS This Morning" show.

"I'm sitting here now because it's already been confirmed," Winfrey, who interviewed the Texan for more than two hours on Monday in a hotel in Austin, Texas, told CBS.

It will not come as a great surprise that Armstrong admitted he cheated his way to the top. The mountain of evidence against him was already overwhelming and the pressure to confess was building.

From the moment it was announced last week that he had agreed to the interview with Winfrey, it was widely expected that the 41-year-old cancer survivor would make some sort of confession but even Winfrey was surprised by what he said.

"He did not come clean in the manner that I expected," she said, without elaborating on the specifics.

"For myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.

"I didn't get all the questions asked, but I think the most important questions and the answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered."   Continued...

 
Cyclist Lance Armstrong is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in Austin, Texas, in this January 14, 2012 handout photo courtesy of Harpo Studios. REUTERS/Harpo Studios, Inc/George Burns/Handout