That’s how TV host Oprah Winfrey has described disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong after she sat down with him this week.
It was the 41-year-old’s first interview since he was served a lifetime ban from professional cycling and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles amid overwhelming evidence that he used performance enhancing drugs.
After years and years of staunch denial, Lance Armstong told Oprah – and the rest of the world – he cheated.
The interview aired today on Oprah’s O Network and live on the internet. Oprah started with a series of yes or no questions. Armstrong looked relaxed.
“Did you eve take banned substances to enhance your performance?” Oprah asked.
41-year-old Armstrong admitted to using drugs during every one of his Tour de France wins. Without them, Armstrong said, he didn’t think it would have been physically possible to win. “The story is so bad and so toxic and all of it’s true.”
“I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times. Certainly I’m a flawed character … This story was so perfect for so long. All the blame here falls on me. But behind that picture is momentum…. and I lost myself in all that.
“I know the truth. The truth isn’t what was out there, the truth isn’t what I said … This story was so perfect for so long … you overcome the disease, you win the Tour de France seven times, you have a happy marriage, you have children. I mean, it’s just this mythic, perfect story.”
“I made my decisions, I made my mistakes and I am sitting her to acknowledge that. To say sorry for that”
So why did he do it?