Lance Armstrong unequivocally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday night — an admission that came after years of aggressively denying allegations, reports CNN.com.
At the start of the interview, Winfrey asked him point-blank whether he used drugs ranging from EPO to testosterone. To each question, Armstrong answered yes. The second part of the interview airs tonight, Friday, on Winfrey’s cable channel OWN.
Armstrong blamed only himself for his decisions, and described himself as "deeply flawed" and a "bully." He admitted to persecuting former close associates who publicly alleged he doped.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which banned Armstrong from competing in October, said the interview was a "small step in the right direction," the story notes.
But it also expressed some skepticism, with USADA CEO Travis Tygart saying, "If he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities."
Some of those he had attacked said they feel vindicated, including Betsy Andreu, the wife of cyclist Frankie Andreu, who had said she overheard Armstrong discussing using performance-enhancing drugs to a doctor in 1996. But Betsy Andreu was far from satisfied with Armstrong’s admissions.
"This was a guy who used to be my friend, who decimated me," she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday night. "He could have come clean. He owed it to me. He owes it to the sport that he destroyed."
Video of the CNN interview can be seen here, in a separate report on her appearance with Cooper.