Lance Armstrong/Oprah Interview to Air 1/17/2013, 9 p.m.
This is the first time I’ve seen info as to when the interview is to be aired:The show will be broadcast Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. EST on OWN and Oprah.com.
LOS ANGELES — Lance Armstrong has agreed to an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he is to address allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs during a career in which he won seven Tour de France titles.
According to Winfrey‘s website on Tuesday, this will be a “no holds-barred interview.” It will be the first with Armstrong since his cycling career crumbled under the weight of a massive report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The report detailed accusations of drug use by Armstrong and teammates on his U.S. Postal Service teams.
It‘s unclear if the interview at Armstrong‘s home in Austin, Texas, has already been taped. Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for Oprah Winfrey Network & Harpo Studios, declined comment.
The show will be broadcast Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. EST on OWN and Oprah.com.
I’m sure he’ll cry…
I can imagine the interview now (feel free to add to the imaginary conversation)
Oprah: so why did you do it?
Lance: I just believe so much in the sport that I wanted to give the fans the best experience I could. The fans deserve it; it’s all about the fans.
Oprah: So then you thought you could get away with it?
Lance: Look, it’s not about me; it’s all about the sport and the fans. Anything I could do to grow the sport, to give the fans what they deserve was worth it.
Oprah: So how do you feel about having to give those jerseys back?
Lance: Those jerseys aren’t mine, they belong to the fans. I’ve done all of this for them. I’m a really humble person.
I expect him to play the cancer card:
Oprah: Why did you do it?
Lance: [Holds up photo of child] I did it for Timmy. I thought that if I could just win this one race, that would give him the courage to believe that he, too, could defeat cancer.
Oprah: What about the other races?
Lance: [Holds up sheaf of photos] Well, there was also Billy, Steve, Sandra…
Aww, Marko and Jona….. now I feel like I don’t even need to watch the interview. I think maybe you just did me a favor!
I bet that he knits a framework making the
masses and people not in the know sympathetic
without actually admitting. It will be a
massive whitewash where public opinion goes
from “most tested … french vendetta” to
“everybody did it, he had no choice.. he
was just keeping up”
yeah seems likely. i’m wondering if he’s going to call out other sports as well, which seem to be much more lax. i mean he’s got to be an expert on anti-doping policies. Found this interesting chart on the wall st journal site. The Professional Bowler’s Association really needs to step up their anti-doping game. Not really sure why they only picked just the Tour de France to analyze, and not the general governing body like they did for most other sports, but interesting nonetheless
I remember back in the 1950-60s there was a TV Show, This is Your Life, where they’d have special secret guests from a person’s background waiting in the wings – why yes, Mr. Milton Berle, here’s your fifth grade teacher Mrs. Murgatroyde to tell us about you as a student back in the day… – imagine if Oprah brings out Cheryl Crow to discuss Lance’s committment to cancer patients.
I could see him jumping up and down on his chair and gushing over Katie Holmes…
More importantly, what will everyone in attendance receive as a gift?
I’m hoping for carbon fiber beach cruisers.
Anonymous 01/09/2013 at 9:51pm #
1. Wildly gifted athlete.
2. In a sport that is full of doping.
3. Came from a family that his father said f-u.
4. Mom is a motivator.
5. Lance becomes wildly motivated to win the big race, the TdF.
6. Trains and does what would be needed to win competing against others doping like crazy. He perfects it, but so do others including Jan, who happens to be my favorite cyclist that says, “second is fine with me”.
7. People enjoy watching Lance win races and beat cancer as well as starting a charity that helps other cancer folks.
8. All is great.
9. Oh Lance did what the field did. Wait, he isn’t superman because he couldn’t be the filed without doing what everyone else was doing.
10. What, he isn’t superman?
11. F Lance, he was my idol, but he is like everyone else and doped.
12. He is now the poster boy for drugs in sports and everyone hates him for doing what everyone else was doing.
13. There hasn’t been a clean TdF since when? The early 70’s perhaps.
14. The Tour is a joke because the rewrote history and makes the fans feel they watched all this for nothing.
15. The Gyro is the real deal.
Anonymous 01/09/2013 at 10:49pm #
Wholly crap of LOVE GYROS! Where is the best on in the Burgh?
GG- you missed the steps where he strong
armed and bullied a bunch of people and
ruined a bunch of lives and careers… Good
Here is a great video of Lance chasing down
a young clean rider and pulling him out of
the break. He told him he would see to it
that he gets no results in his life.
I think he won’t admit to any wrongdoing, but will pledge to find the real killers.
Also, +8million points for the O-girl if she asks Lance, do you think you gave yourself cancer by pumping your body full of various chemicals until one of your testicles had to be removed ?
I wonder how much Oprah is paying Lance. Probably a couple million? Pay off some debts and lawsuits, and she gets to promote her network.
Then again, Lance is supposedly making $120MM/yr, though I’m not sure if that’s the case anymore after he lost all his endorsements.
Sans bodyguards, how hard do you think it would it be to kick his ass? (off the bike)
“Then again, Lance is supposedly making $120MM/yr, though I’m not sure if that’s the case anymore after he lost all his endorsements.”
His net worth has been estimated at $125M, so I find this figure hard to believe. NY Times: http://tinyurl.com/ar5fac4
Oprah will be ripped and they’ll talk about how great EPO is. Then they’ll go on a bike race and Oprah will win.
His net worth has been estimated at $125M, so I find this figure hard to believe.
Hmm, I may have misread then. I thought with his endorsements over the past decade, he should’ve made way more than that. Tiger Woods (endorsements and winnings) was netting close to $115MM per year at his peak, and Lance & Livestrong was a bigger brand than Tiger.
Together they will exonerate the Livestrong Foundation. Everyone will have a yellow bracelet under their chair. Lance will give bicycles to Oprah’s schools in Africa. I like the jumping on the couch vision, but Sloaps beat me to it.
^haha “press leaks” are the doping of the pseudo-journalism circuit
 ….ratings enhancement
…does anyone even get this channel? If I have it, I can’t find it…oh wait, I wasn’t planning to watch anyway. I’m sure every media outlet will have the two nights whittled down to 6 paragraphs…
If you are looking for me, I will be in the basement riding the trainer and taking my EPO shake.
i’d rather see a 2 night interview with lemond.
I waiting for Trek to issue an apology to Lemond for making Lemond apologize to Lance
Salonikas has an amazing gyro, downtown. Just..ya know, to bring that back up again.
@ Pierce I waiting for Trek to issue an apology to Lemond for making Lemond apologize to Lance
Y’know, Armstrong has so much to answer for beside a few drugs. I’m surprised that there wasn’t much talk about what a thug he was before the dope stuff really hit.
Or at least not that I was aware of. You guys that folloowed this stuff: was there much talk of the bullying garbage? Or was that just viewed as running a tight team?
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