Armstrong said his son “has been remarkably calm and mature about this. ... Thank god he’s more like Kristin [Armstrong’s former wife] than he is like me.”
Asked what his intention was or hope he had coming out of his long-awaited admission, he said, “The well-being of my children.”
Posted 6:25 p.m. PST
Sequels are rarely as good as the originals so Friday’s broadcast of the Lance Armstrong self-cleansing was not as highly anticipated as Part 1 on Thursday.
If Armstrong was trying to sway America back to loving the man behind the yellow plastic bracelets he didn’t do it on Thursday,whe he came off as too stiff and not showing enough emotion or repentance. Since the interview was conducted in a 2 1/2-hour span Monday, he was not afforded the chance to regroup and fix his demeanor for Friday’s broadcast.
Oprah Winfrey, who seemed well-prepared and in control of the interview on Thursday, opened the second show questioning how Armstrong felt when most of his sponsors -- Nike, Anheiser Busch, Oakley -- started to leave him.
“It was a Wednesday,” Armstrong said. “Nike called. … They said they were out. … But the one person I didn’t think would leave would be the foundation.”
Armstrong was referring to Livestrong, the cancer charity he made famous.
“That was the most humbling moment,” he said. “That was the lowest.”
Winfrey, after reading an email from a cancer victim that heard the cyclist was a jerk but was still rooting for him, asked if he was facing his demons.
“Absolutely,” Armstrong said with his usual lack of elaboration. “It’s a process. We’re at the beginning of the process.”
Winfrey skillfully used tape of past Armstrong interviews to set up many of her questions. She showed a 2005 news confernce where Armstrong’s hubris and doping denials were on full display.
“I don’t like that guy,” Armstrong said. “That is a guy who felt invincible, who was told he was invinciible and … was invincible. That guy is still there. I’m not going to lie. He’s still there. Does he need to be exiting during this process: Yes.”
Armstrong talked about his need to compete, something he can’t do in any sanctioned event.
“I’m a competitor,” he said. “But I don’t expect it (to compete again) to happen. … Would I like to run the Chicago Marathon when I’m 50, but I can’t. Right now I can’t run the Austin 10K.”
But throughout the first part of Friday’s broadcast, Armstrong was unable to outwardly show the kind of remorse sought by the public. When asked if he was remorseful, he said; “Everybody who gets caught gets bummed out they got caught.”
And when asked if he thought his penalty was too severe, he said: “I deserve to be puinished but I’m not sure I deserved the death penalty.”
Posted 5:50 p.m. PST
Armstrong, banned for life from competing in elite-level competitions because of his systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs while becoming one of the world's most famous athletes, will apparently change gears somewhat and speak about the effects on his life and his family of the belated admission by Armstrong that he had been doping and lying about it for so long.