Former cycling sensation Lance Armstrong is set to straighten the record Monday. On an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong will confess to doping during his reign atop the cycling world.
According to USA Today, the interview will be broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network Thursday night. Armstrong will declare true the reports of him using performance enhancing drugs. In 2012, the U.S anti-doping agency reported the misuse. Subsequently, Armstrong was removed of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life.
The 41-year old sent a text to the Associated press Saturday, writing, “I told her [Winfrey] to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That’s all I can say.”
Armstrong has denied evidence of him leading a doping movement on his teams. Drugs used were steroids, blood boosters, and illegal blood transfusions. He has been hassled with various legal charges including perjury in 2005, defrauding the U.S. Postal Service(a lawsuit by former teammate Floyd Landis), and failing to pay The Sunday Times for helping him settle a libel lawsuit. Additionally, tens of millions of dollars worth of corporate sponsorship deals were recanted from him after the doping scandal.
Armstrong epitomizes this era of sports, where every great feat must be questioned because of the infractions of others.