Oprah Winfrey‘s long-awaited interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong aired tonight, and right off the bat Armstrong admitted that he was using performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade. He said that he used a number of substances over the years, and Winfrey asked Armstrong why he not only denied the doping charges, but he aggressively, adamantly denied them in news interviews.
Winfrey asked Armstrong directly, “did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance.” He answered “yes.” She asked if he could have realistically won the Tour de France seven times without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs. He said it was highly doubtful, explaining that he got hooked in the mid-90s.
Winfrey brought up how Armstrong not only denied doping, but he “brazenly and defiantly denied it.” Armstrong admitted he didn’t have a good answer for why he lied so adamantly and even called other people liars. He said that “all the fault and all the blame here falls on me” for creating this “big lie” about himself and his “mythic, perfect story.”
Watch a portion of the interview below, courtesy of OWN:
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