(Updated) Oprah: “Did you cheat?” Lance: “Yes”

Lance Armstrong gets emotional in the second segment of his interview with Oprah Winfrey when he describes his confession to his son. Includes video and text so you can easily follow along.

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Interview part 2: The biggest hurt

What do you tell Luke, he's 13, you've been fighting this thing all his life. What do you tell him and the girls what's going on?


"They know a lot. They hear it in the hallways. Not a lot. Their schools, their classmates have been very supportive. Where you lose control with your kids is when they go out of that space, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, in the feedback columns."

But what did you tell him?


"First I want to tell you what happened. When this all really started, I saw my son defending me, and saying that's not true. What you're saying about my dad is not true.

"And it almost goes to that question, why now? He can't....

"That's when I knew I had to tell him. And he'd never asked me. He'd never said 'dad, is this true?'. He trusted me. I heard about it in the hallways….."

What did you say to him?


"At that time, nothing, but that's the time I had to say something.

You heard that he was defending you...

Yeah, ... to other kids. On instagram, replying... It gets ugly and at that point I decided I had to say something. This was out of control and then I had to have a talk which was here over the holidays."

What did you say?


"I said  listen. There's been a lot of questions about your dad – my career and whether I doped and I've always denied it and have always been ruthless and defiant about that. You guys have seen that, probably why you trusted me, which makes it even sicker, and I said I want you to know that it is true. And there were the girls who are 11 and they didn't say much. They didn't say "but wait Dad". They just accepted it and I told Luke, I said 'don't defend me anymore, don't'."

How did he take it?


"He has been remarkably calm and mature about this. I said 'if anyone says anything to you, some kids says something, do not defend me, just say 'Hey, my dad says he is sorry'. He said 'OK'.

Did you expect defiance? Anger? Disappointment?


"Thank God he is more like Kristin than he is like me."

emotional – related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general  มีอารมณ์
confession – admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal การสารภาพผิด
hallway – a passage in a building with rooms down either side  ระเบียงหรือทางเดินในตึก
classmate – a person who is or was in the same class as you at school or college เพื่อนร่วมชั้นเรียน
supportive – giving help, encouragement or sympathy to somebody เป็นกำลังใจ, สนับสนุน
feedback – advice, criticism or information about how good or useful something or somebody's work is ผลสะท้อนกลับ,การตอบกลับ
defend – to say things to support someone or something ปกป้อง
trust – to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable  เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ
ugly – unpleasant or dangerous  น่าเกลียด,ไม่น่าดู
dope – to use special drugs or other medical techniques to improve how well you do something, especially a sport ใช้สารกระตุ้น
deny – to say that something is not true ปฏิเสธ
ruthless – not thinking or worrying about any pain caused to others; cruel ไร้ความปรานี, โหดเหี้ยม
defiant – refusing to obey a person or rule แสดงการท้าทาย, ไม่ยอมทำตาม, ไม่เชื่อฟัง
mature – behaving in the sensible way that you would expect an adult to behave  มีวุฒิภาวะ
disappointment – the feeling of being unhappy because something that you hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as you expected ความผิดหวัง

Interview, part 1

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong explains a point during his interview with Oprah Winfrey Photo: AFP


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Oprah: “Did you cheat?” Lance: “Yes”

Oprah Winfrey wasted no time, getting right to the point in her very first question.

"Yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?"

"Yes," answered Armstrong.

A series of “yes” – “no” questions” quickly followed.

“Did you use energy-boosting EPO? Did you do blood doping? Blood transfusions? Did you use testosterone, Human Growth Hormone and cortisone?,” Oprah asked.

Armstrong’s answers to each was a simple “Yes.”

“Yes or no, she continued, “in all seven of your Tour de France victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope?”

“Yes,” Armstrong replied.

“In your opinion, was it humanly possible to win the Tour de France without doping seven times in a row?,” she asked in her final “yes-no”.

“Not in my opinion,” Armstrong answered.


After more than ten years of denials, bullying and filing lawsuits against his accusers, Armstrong’s quick confession was stunning to those who had followed his career and those who were involved with the disgraced champion.

They are unlikely to forgive him easily, despite his subsequent attempts to explain his actions.

With tears in his eyes, Armstrong admitted he had a huge struggle ahead of him, acknowledging that he had hurt and betrayed many people.

“They have every right to feel betrayed, and it's my fault. I will spend the rest of my life... some people are gone forever ... but I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust from people,” he said.

Armstrong attributed his failings to a character flaw, a “win-at-all-cost” mentality that helped him survive cancer, but that marred his cycling career.

“I took that attitude, that ruthless and relentless and win-at-all costs attitude and took it into cycling. And that’s bad. I wasn’t a bully before that.”

Reactions to the interview are still coming in and it is unlikely that Armstrong will gain much sympathy after the aggressive tactics he has used in his defence for the past decade. Most media commentators were scathing in their criticism as they watched the 90-minute show on Oprah’s OWN cable network. A second 90-minute segment will be aired tomorrow.

disgrace – the loss of other people’s respect because of something bad that you have done; something that is extremely bad or shocking น่าสยดสยอง, ความเสื่อมเสีย, ความอัปยศ, การขายหน้า
banned – officially not allowed to do something ถูกห้าม
substance – a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas สาร
enhance – to increase or further improve the good quality, value or status of someone/something เสริม ยกระดับ เพิ่มทวี
boost – to increase เพิ่ม
epo – erythropoietin,  a protein hormone produced by the kidneythat stimulates the production of red blood cells
doping – the use of special drugs or other medical techniques to improve how well you do something, especially a sport การใช้สารกระตุ้น
blood doping – increasing the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream in order to improve performance in sports
transfusion – the process of putting new blood into the body of a person or an animal การถ่ายเลือด
testosterone – a male sex hormone involved in the development of facial hair, a deeper voice and muscles ฮอร์โมนเพศชายจากลูกอัณฑะสร้างลักษณะผู้ชาย
human growth hormone (HGH) – a hormone that helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, but which is also used illegally to build muscle and improve athletic performance
cortisone – a hormone used in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis, to reduce swelling
in a row – straight; consecutive; happening one after the other, without interruption ต่อเนื่อ
denial – a refusal to admit something; saying that you did not do something you were accused of การปฎิเสธ, การไม่ยอมรับ
bully – to use your influence or status to threaten or frighten someone in order to get what you want  รังแก
file a lawsuit – to sue ; to take legal action against a person or organisation, especially by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that they have caused you ฟ้องร้อง
confession – admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal การสารภาพผิด
stunning – very shocking or upsetting  ทำให้ตกใจ ทำให้วิตกกังวล
forgive – to stop feeling angry with somebody who has done something to harm, annoy or upset you ยกโทษให้, อภัยให้
subsequent – happening or coming after something else ซึ่งตามมา
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
struggle – a very difficult task that you can do only by making a great effort ความพยายาม
acknowledge – to accept or admit that something exists, is true or is real ยอมรับ
betray – to deliberately do something that harms someone who needs your support  หักหลัง ทรยศ
trust – a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair, and reliable  ความเชื่อใจ, ความไว้วางใจ
attribute to – to believe that something is the result of a particular situation, event, or person’s actions ถือว่าเป็นของ
character – all the qualities and features that make a person different from others  บุคลิก, ลักษณะนิสัย
flaw – a fault; something wrong with something ข้อบกพร่อง
mentality – a particular attitude or way of thinking จิตใจ,ความคิด,เชาวน์,ปัญญา
survive – to continue to live มีชีวิตรอด
mar – to spoil something ทำให้เสียหาย
attitude – someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behaviour ทัศนคติ, ลักษณะท่าทาง
ruthless – not thinking or worrying about any pain caused to others; cruel ไร้ความปรานี, โหดเหี้ยม
relentless – never seeming to stop ซึ่งไม่หยุด, ซึ่งไม่ยอมผ่อนผัน
reaction – the way something responds as a result of something that happens ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง
sympathy – a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ
aggressive – determined to win or succeed ก้าวร้าว
tactics – particular methods for achieving something วิธีการ  ไม้เด็ด
defence – something you say to support someone or something that is being criticised ปกป้อง แก้ต่าง
decade – a period of ten years  ทศวรรษ
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
commentator – someone whose job is to write about a particular subject or discuss it on television or radio ผู้วิจารณ์,ผู้ออกความเห็น, ผู้บรรยายข่าว
scathing – criticising someone or something in a very strong way เสียดแทง (คำพูด), เจ็บแสบ (คำพูด)

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