Lance Armstrong Confesses to Oprah about Doping

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After years of denials, famed-cyclist Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping: using performance enhancing drugs to help his cycling career.

Long the world's premiere cyclist, rumors and charges of doping had dogged Armstrong for years. His answer was always the same, that he had "never taken performance enhancing drugs."

Now Armstrong admits he did. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air on her OWN network, Armstrong confesses to doping.

Winfrey told CBS "This Morning" the interview was "difficult." But she said Armstrong "did not come clean in the manner that I expected."

Should people believe Armstrong is sincere and forgive him? Dr. Linda Mintle, family therapist, explains this and more, on CBN Newswatch, Jan. 15.

Was Armstrong contrite? In her interview with CBS, Winfrey wouldn't say. But she did say, "I thought that he was thoughtful. I thought that he was serious."

Armstrong was legendary for his success on the road and in his fight against testicular cancer.

But his legacy was shattered after a report last year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and  banned him from the sport for life.

Betsy Andreu's husband Frankie was a teammate and former friend of Armstrong. She was one of the first to publicly accuse him of doping.

"That Lance admitted to doping is a very good first step - but it has to be followed up," she said.

Cycling experts are waiting for the next shoe to drop: Will Armstrong name names of others involved in doping to us anti-doping authorities?

For years, Armstrong went after his critics ruthlessly, in the media, on the race track, and in the courts.

Now, his career in ruins, stripped of his titles, and kicked off his own charity, Livestrong, Lance Armstrong may owe a lot of people, a lot of money: former corporate sponsors and at least one newspaper that was forced to pay the cyclist a libel settlement because it accused him of doping.

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