In an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong admits to using an array of performance enhancing drugs to win seven of his Tour de France titles.
The drugs include testosterone and human growth hormone, as well as EPO (a hormone naturally produced by human kidneys to stimulate red blood cell production). These drugs helped increase the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to muscles, which will essentially improve recovery and endurance.
Lance also confessed that he took blood transfusions to excel in the highly competitive world of sports – in his case, professional cycling.
He also said that at that time, he didn’t consider it as cheating. While he didn’t invent the culture of doping, he didn’t prevent it either:
[youtube id=”j9Yi05R6PH0″ width=”600″ height=”350″]
The 2002 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year has since lost the cancer charity, “Livestrong” that he has founded, his fans, as well as stripped of his endorsement deals and sports titles. His once-glowing reputation as a sports hero and as an inspiration to cancer patients/survivors is but a blur in the past – almost as if it never really existed.
Lance Armstrong could also be facing more legal battles in the near future having admitted to all doping allegations. Too little too late for Lance? What do you guys think?