Lance Armstrong the renowned cyclist and cancer survivor has finally admitted to doping.
This should not come as a big surprise.
Thousands around the world respected Armstrong even though doping accusations started getting fierce.
What I still do not understand is why Armstrong had to appear on the popular Oprah Winfrey show on two separate nights to confess to using performance-enhancing drugs to win Tour de France races.
Why did he not go to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency?
Why did he not appear before the international media?
Many questions still remain unanswered.
What about the hurt he inflicted on the multitude of fans and people who were close to him?
In an interview with Winfrey, Armstrong finally confessed.
Armstrong will now be remembered as the disgraced cycling champion.
He acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years.
It is clear the cyclist’s televised confession will hurt him and destroy his reputation for good.
I don’t think he will ever rise again.
There will be several lawsuits.
This is not the end of the story.
In fact the real story begins now.
The cancer survivor won one of sport’s most grueling events seven times in a row.
At the time this was viewed as a fantastic and remarkable feat.
Now the world knows what actually happened.
Along the way, the cyclist cast aside teammates who questioned his tactics.
“The ultimate crime is the betrayal of these people that supported and believed in me, and that I lied to.”
Armstrong spoke about the effects of his crimes and lies on his children, his family and others closest to him.
The cyclist spoke on how his son, unaware to his doping habits, had defended him against the taunts of other children.
Armstrong has done serious damage to the cycling sport.
Let us there is a silver lining in this ongoing saga.
Let us hope the battered and bruises cycling sport can recover from this mess and continue to enjoy a drug-free future.
Let us hope the cyclist’s cancer-fighting charity survives and continues to help people in need.
The charity’s image was damaged by doping charges and Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong last year.
The U.S. Doping Agency barred Armstrong from the sport for life and stripped him of his titles.
When the accusations first surfaced, Armstrong remained defiant.
The International Cycling Union, which had initially supported Armstrong’s fight, later agreed to wipe out his record seven victories.
His devotion to cancer survivors was unparalleled.
The U.S. Anti Doping Agency accused Armstrong of helping run the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.
The agency said Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions.
The report included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong.
Armstrong vehemently denied all the charges.
Livestrong will continue to expand free services to cancer survivors and other supporters.
Armstrong founded the charity in 1997 after his own successful treatment for testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs.
He helped raise nearly $500 million for cancer research.