Most of us are thinking of it and with good reason. Lance Armstrong is ruined. He's lost every single sponsor. Nearly every teammate has turned on him. All seven Tour de France titles have been stripped.
He could owe millions. Even the future he planned for himself has been snatched away. He's banned from those for life. So it makes perfect sense for him to walk the road to redemption that goes through Oprah. But, was it too little too late?
Even Armstrong will have to agree that it might be the case, as he admits "This is too late. It's too late for probably most people. And that's my fault”. It is apparent that he knows that it's something that people are not going to be able to forgive and what he’s really trying to do, is mitigate the reaction by asking: 'I know it's too little too late, but will you forgive me?' With his very first answers of the evening, the cyclist confessed to the use of performance enhancing substances throughout most of his sporting career, including in all seven of his Tour de France victories. His life as a champion who had overcome cancer to win clean was a perfect, mythic story.
The important question really is if he was being truly and completely honest. It was a desperate attempt, no doubt. And huge chunks of it ranged from hypocritical to unbelievable. There was far too much defiance and contradiction of evidence and abdication of responsibility. Although I will say, that I for one, can’t really tell if he was completely clean in his comeback. Armstrong said he had doped "since the mid 90's", before his testicular cancer diagnosis but that he had stopped after 2005. He also mentioned that he had been clean during his comeback in 2009. However the chemical evidence clearly shows otherwise.
So, was the confession a big fat lie? No one can really say for sure, although all kinds’ speculations are being made and some mind reading is being done too. And I’m no mind-reader but maybe he’s sorry he got caught, or sorry he felt he had to cheat, or sorry he took certain aggressive steps to try to save his sorry self from getting caught. He admits "One big lie that I repeated a lot of times. It wasn't as if I said no and moved off it. And while I've lived through this process, I know the truth, the truth isn't what I said, and this story was so perfect for so long, but it wasn’t a true story”.
What one needs to make of this confession is a debate that will go on for long, as for now it is quite apparent that Armstrong definitely agreed to the interview expecting something in return. It still remains to be seen if his confession on TV will be enough for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to consider reducing his lifetime ban so he can compete in Ironman triathlons before he turns 50, but one can expect a lot more drama then, as well.