Lance Armstrong Will Address Doping Scandal in Exclusive Oprah Winfrey Interview

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 8, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 21:  Cyclist Lance Armstrong addresses participants at The LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride at the Palmer Events Center on October 21, 2012 in Austin, Texas. More than 4,000 cyclists participated in the charity ride supporting cancer survivors. Armstrong has recently been accused of leading 'the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen' according to USADA officials.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Lance Armstrong is ready to talk and will do so in an exclusive interview granted to Oprah Winfrey. 

Finally, we may get some answers. broke the news that on Thursday, January 17, the man once revered for his comeback from cancer and the Tour de France titles he captured will tell his side of the story. 

Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Lance Armstrong in his first no-holds-barred interview. Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career. 

The special 90-minute Thursday night episode of Oprah's Next Chapter will air Thursday, January 17 (9:00—10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition, the interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on 

That is pretty much all the information you need to watch the interview, but as to what will be said, that's a different story entirely. 

Armstrong was once adamant that he never took performance-enhancing drugs, but he decided to not fight a Court of Arbitration for Sport sanction which stripped him of his titles and issued him a lifetime ban, per VeloNation

Since that time, many have speculated that Armstrong is finally willing to come clean about his part in doping and whether he indeed took part. 

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that Armstrong was close to "admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs."

Per an Associated Press report, Armstrong's attorney Tim Herman scoffed at the assertion. However, it may be more likely with the timing of this interview. 

And then there is an NPR report from Bill Chappell which seems to find that there could be a lot of good which could come from a full confession, if that is indeed where this is headed. 

Whichever stance Armstrong is looking to take, it's clear he is ready to address the doping scandal that saw his titles stripped and his ability to compete voided.

The sports world, hopefully, gets some answers next Thursday. 


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