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Oprah Winfrey 'surprised and mesmerized' by Lance Armstrong's confession
The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 15, 2013 | BETH STEBNER and RACHEL QUIGLEY

Posted on 01/15/2013 6:24:50 AM PST by Uncle Chip

Oprah Winfrey revealed today she was surprised and mesmerized by some of Lance Armstrong's answers in the wake of her grueling two-hour interview with the shamed cyclist, in which he finally admitted using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Speaking to CBS this morning about the 'intense and emotional' interview that took place in Austin yesterday, she said: 'He did not come clean in the manner I expected, I was surprised. Myself and the whole team were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.

'I think he answered my questions satisfactorily. He was thoughtful and serious and had prepared himself for this moment and at the end of it we were both pretty exhausted.

'I had a strategy and I went in prepared to have to dig and pull but he was very forthcoming with his answers.'

It was also revealed today that Armstrong hinted to the fact the use of drugs within the sport is widespread in a meeting with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last month.

Armstrong is said to have spoken openly to Travis Tygart about doping, claiming it was rampant in all sports, especially NBA football, and that he was being singled out for punishment.

Sources said that at the end of the meeting, during which Tygart refused to soften Armstrong's lifetime ban for what the agency called the 'most sophisticated doping program on the planet', he told him: 'You don't hold the keys to my redemption.

'There's one person who holds the keys to my redemption and that's me,' the source told the Wall Street Journal.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cycling; lancearmstrong; oprahwinfrey

1 posted on 01/15/2013 6:25:01 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

I wonder if he thinks losing the left one was worth it?


2 posted on 01/15/2013 6:31:09 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Uncle Chip
especially NBA football

Yep, that NBA football is a terrible thing.
3 posted on 01/15/2013 6:36:02 AM PST by FewsOrange
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To: Uncle Chip

A person goes on Oprah to make an announcement like this for only one reason - to garner sympathy.


4 posted on 01/15/2013 6:38:03 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Uncle Chip

I could not stand him from day one. People on here would be in some dreamy stance when discussing him and I would say “He sucks” and of course get blasted by the FREEPER Fans of Lance. But I stood firm and was right. I love it when that happens!


5 posted on 01/15/2013 6:41:17 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Dr. Ursus
I wonder if he thinks losing the left one was worth it?

I'm wondering if he didn't lose it deliberately, or at all. Having to replace testosterone might give one a valid excuse for having steroids in the system.

6 posted on 01/15/2013 6:41:38 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: circlecity
Oprah Winfrey 'surprised and mesmerized' . . .

WTF? Lance Armstrong is merely a fake athlete whereas Oprah helped sell us a fake president.

7 posted on 01/15/2013 6:44:37 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: FewsOrange

What do you expect... 2 chicks wrote the article.


8 posted on 01/15/2013 6:44:38 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Let He who is without sin cast the first channel changer.


9 posted on 01/15/2013 6:44:42 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: circlecity
Oprah Winfrey 'surprised and mesmerized' . . .

WTF? Lance Armstrong is merely a fake athlete whereas Oprah helped sell us a fake president.

10 posted on 01/15/2013 6:45:01 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Uncle Chip

Oprah Winfrey ‘surprised and mesmerized’ by Lance Armstrong's confession

Who cares?

11 posted on 01/15/2013 6:45:43 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: circlecity
"A person goes on Oprah to make an announcement like this for only one reason - to garner sympathy."

I think this was his "come clean" moment with an eye toward a career in politics after laying low for a while. (Maybe he got some sound advice from Clinton)

12 posted on 01/15/2013 6:47:20 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Are we going to be shocked when many others are outed?


13 posted on 01/15/2013 6:47:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Ok - all better. He visited the high-priestess of the left. For penance he has cry at least three more times in public.


14 posted on 01/15/2013 6:55:34 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: napscoordinator

I still like Armstrong. All things said and done, one doesn’t become home run king via steroids unless one can already hit the ball at a professional level. It doesn’t change the average next door neighbor into an all pro baseball player.

Applying that to Armstrong, he was a heck of a biker without the steroids.

I believe it was Dennis Miller, though, who spoke the truth. He said something along the line of “The French are pissed because Armstrong beat them at their own doping game.”

IOW, the Europeans weren’t performing at that Mt Everest levels without assistance, and they got hacked because someone came along and did even that better than them.

Do I believe Armstrong that doping is rampant in all pro sports? Probably do. If Armstrong could avoid the detectors for years and years EVEN THOUGH they were hot after him at every turn, then I’m fairly certain that multi-millionaire pro atheletes in the USA can do the same.

What does all this do for Armstrong? I’d say its just marketing. Keeps his name in the news and now he’s a candidate to push some kind of negative product. Maybe they’ll have him do commercials for Colorado Smoking Lounges.

Who knows?


15 posted on 01/15/2013 6:58:27 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Oprah is really good at faking it.


16 posted on 01/15/2013 7:19:16 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: circlecity

I was once on his side, but now Fug him.

He won’t get sympathy from me, the only thing he will get is a KMA.

I hope they ban him from all sports for life. I hope they make it against the law to sell this CS a bicycle.


17 posted on 01/15/2013 7:19:25 AM PST by Venturer
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To: circlecity
A person goes on Oprah to make an announcement like this for only one reason two reasons - to garner sympathy and to smooth the way for his upcoming "tour de book".
18 posted on 01/15/2013 7:20:25 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick
to garner sympathy and to smooth the way for his upcoming "tour de book".

It may be a "tour the courtroom" book.

There is even discussion now of a class action lawsuit against him by all of those whose careers he destroyed by his heavy handed slander.

19 posted on 01/15/2013 7:36:45 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Hmmm. This could be fun to watch.

I used to have a lot of respect for LA in spite of his arrogance, because I thought he was for real.

Now? Not so much respect. He ran up a tab full of hypocrisy, arrogance and lying. And now the bill has come due.


20 posted on 01/15/2013 7:45:01 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: xzins
If Armstrong could avoid the detectors for years and years EVEN THOUGH they were hot after him at every turn, then I’m fairly certain that multi-millionaire pro atheletes in the USA can do the same.

If he explains how he beat the tests then we may find out just how many pro sports players are doing the same thing. Lance said that other bikers did the same doping he did, so the technique is known by others. And I'm sure that an effective test can be created now that the doping technique is known. (I hope that made sense)
21 posted on 01/15/2013 7:45:49 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: circlecity
A person goes on Oprah to make an announcement like this for only one reason - to garner sympathy.

Ha, to think I got flamed here for not being on the Lance fan wagon all those years. I tried to explain he's not liked in real life in Austin but nooooo. Very early this morning some talking head hit the nail on the head stating Armstrong does nothing unless it's for Armstrong. He's a has been and can't stand that he's not in the limelight. Heck, he and O are both has beens. She had to get her own channel to prove to herself she's still relevant.

22 posted on 01/15/2013 8:19:51 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Uncle Chip

When I heard about Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong I was totally shocked. Who knew she had an audience?


23 posted on 01/15/2013 8:24:35 AM PST by YourAdHere (January 21: Lets pray for rain, bitter temperatures, cold winds, and gray skies in Washington.)
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To: Baynative

There was talk a few years ago of him running for Texas governor. That got squashed fast. With the loss of his titles and lies, he has even less chance in an elected position. Of course, the choom in chief could find they’re kindred souls and appoint him as Drug Czar.


24 posted on 01/15/2013 8:26:56 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Uncle Chip

^^^ use of drugs within the sport is widespread ^^^

Anyone participating in men’s sports at college level and above have known this for 40 years, nothing new.

If you want to see how far it has penetrated or society, just go down to your local police station or sheriff’s dept. You will see a large number of folks in uniform using performance enhancing drugs. Shame they can’t make the money the pros do ruining their bodies.


25 posted on 01/15/2013 8:35:33 AM PST by wrench
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To: bgill

If he runs as a democrat who has bared his soul and wants to give people free stuff to atone he’ll have an easy road to election.


26 posted on 01/15/2013 8:48:29 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: RadiationRomeo

EPO is not detectable, or wasnt at the time he was riding. Blood doping does not involve drugs either, just red blood cels, so not detectable by testing either.


27 posted on 01/15/2013 8:54:41 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: wrench
Anyone participating in men’s sports at college level and above have known this for 40 years, nothing new.

College level? You obviously have never played high school football in Texas!

Heck, I KNOW that we had steroid users in the 80's! Heck, most high schools were putting out "candy jars" full of steroids and pain killers back then.

I was a fan of LA, and even the charges never made me think bad about him. But with his admission, after years of vehement denial, I am really more pissed than anything.

It isn't the act that most people get upset over, it is the lying and cover-up that makes most of us angry! I wasn't upset that Clinton got a Lewinsky; I was pissed because that AC thought he could LIE his was out of it!
28 posted on 01/15/2013 9:01:58 AM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Uncle Chip

San Diego Chargers used steroids as a team in 1963!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/163366_10151349757978258_1345285731_n.jpg


29 posted on 01/15/2013 9:28:27 AM PST by safetysign
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To: safetysign

Chargers — is that a golf team???


30 posted on 01/15/2013 9:37:55 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: ExTxMarine

Texas HS sports ARE college level...


31 posted on 01/15/2013 9:44:35 AM PST by wrench
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To: wrench

LOL!

True, but the biggest difference is that only the COACHES get paid at the HS level!


32 posted on 01/15/2013 11:03:34 AM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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