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Lance Armstrong finally came clean on Thursday night in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs during his run as a seven-time Tour de France champion. Armstrong said he deserved the scrutiny he's been getting as a result of his use of PEDs, including the stripping of his titles and his lifetime ban from cycling. Cycling authorities don't seem to be buying his remorse, but how do you feel about it?
Has your opinion changed?
''I went and looked up the definition of cheat, and the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I didn't view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.'' -- Lance Armstrong
Do you believe him?
''This story was so perfect for so long. It's this myth, this perfect story, and it wasn't true. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times, and as you said, it wasn't as if I just said no and I moved off it.'' -- Lance Armstrong
Will he admit it under oath?
''... if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities.''
-- USADA chief Travis Tygart
Should he have named names?
''There are people in this story, they're good people and we've all made mistakes -- they're not monsters, not toxic and not evil ... ''
-- Lance Armstrong
How did Oprah do?
''Were you a bully?'''
''Was it a big deal to you? Did it feel wrong?''
''Did you feel in any way that you were cheating?''
Lance Armstrong's fall from grace continued this week, as cycling's governing body stripped him of all of his record seven Tour de France victories. This is a humongous blow for Armstrong, who has seen his personal image run through the wringer ever since 11 of his former teammates testified about his performance-enhancing drug use to USADA. Armstrong's titles may be vacated, but he still has legions of supporters, although his cycling (and endorsement) career is likely over.
It's always tricky to handle vacated titles -- you want to give the second-place finisher some closure, but there's always the danger that you'll have to vacate the title all over again.
Armstrong has done an awful lot for cancer awareness, but the picture his former teammates painted of him is less-than-flattering.
Lance Armstrong and Nike have had a close working relationship for a while, but with evidence mounting against the legendary cyclist, the apparel company has decided to drop Armstrong from his endorsement deal. This news comes on the same day that Armstrong announced he was stepping down as chair of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity. Do you support Nike's actions?