Lance Armstrong Interview: Cyclist Does Little to Repair Image

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - JANUARY 14:  In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Lance Armstrong, 'Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive,' has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  The special episode of 'Oprah’s Next Chapter' will air Thursday, January 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT (as previously announced) and Friday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide both nights on  (Photo by George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images)
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Lance Armstrong may have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his historic cycling career in Thursday's interview with Oprah Winfrey, but he did little to make good with the people he slandered along the way.

In particular, the 41-year-old failed to apologize to Betsy Andreu, the wife of his former teammate, Frankie Andreu.

Andreu said in her testimony that Armstrong admitted to using PEDs in a hospital during his cancer treatment. Armstrong repeatedly called Andreu crazy for her statements, but showed little remorse for his attacks on her during the interview.

It prompted Andreu to go on "Anderson Cooper 360" on CNN to clear the air.

Andreu told Cooper, via the New York Times:

He owed it to me. You owed it to me, Lance, and you dropped the ball. After what you’ve done to me and what you’ve done to my family and you couldn’t own up to it?

This was the perfect opportunity for Armstrong to apologize for everything he did and empty out everything he had held back for years. Instead, he said what he wanted to say and continued to portray an arrogant man who can't accept that he did wrong.

Throughout much of the interview, Armstrong looked more like a man looking for sympathy or personal gain than a man who wanted to set things right. He was absolutely brutal toward Andreu throughout the years, but he couldn't even muster up one simple, "I'm sorry."

Perhaps Armstrong's most ludicrous statement in the Oprah interview was when he said he called Andreu crazy, but not fat, per Fox 31 Denver. That is textbook denial, trying to make yourself look just a little bit better to the public.

It gives you the sense that the only reason Armstrong did the interview with Oprah was because he was cornered and the nail was already in the coffin. At that point, he may as well try to save face and say that he's not perfect and he's only human and he suffers from some kind of complex that he can't control.

Andreu had every right to be furious with Armstrong and so did countless others who felt that he only scratched the surface when describing some of the events he's under fire for.

Armstrong said during the interview that at the time he took PEDs he justified it by telling himself he had cancer. You get the feeling that he still feels this way and that he still feels like the victim.

One thing's for sure: Lance Armstrong has yet to learn from his mistakes and grow from them. We can only hope that one day he gets the picture.


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