Retracted: November 2013
I had the opportunity to interview Lance Armstrong in June of 2006. At the time, Armstrong had just retired from cycling, and was considered one of the most prominent figures in sport. Having beat cancer, won the Tour de France seven times, and raised millions for cancer research, Armstrong inspired millions to “Livestrong.”
In June of 2012 the United States Anti-Doping Agency filed an extensive report concluding that Armstrong participated in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” In January of 2013, Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used banned substances in all of his Tour de France wins.
In light of the overwhelming evidence against Armstrong, as well as his admission this past year, I have chosen to retract my interview.
I have decided not to remove the interview from my website for a few reasons. First, Lance’s deception transcended corporate sponsorships and the “yellow jersey.” I feel that keeping our exchange on my website reflects the scope of his lie. Not only did he cheat to win a race, he told millions of kids (including myself) a false narrative.
Finally, erasing the interview would negate the positive impact Lance has had. Despite his vast flaws as an athlete and a humanitarian, Armstrong raised millions for cancer research. While the decisions Armstrong made may forever tarnish his legacy, he will always be remembered as a survivor and an advocate for those suffering from cancer.
I encourage you to donate to the charity that Lance founded, the Livestrong foundation (www.livestrong.org). While Lance may no longer be affiliated with the charity he founded, the awareness that he brought to the plight of cancer victims should not be ignored.
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