Monday, October 21, 2013

CNN: "Lance Armstrong's Tragic Fall": Anderson seems a little more sympathetic to the biker than was Oprah

A special report for AC360 Sunday night “Lance Armstrong’s Tragic Fall” let authors Vanessa O’Connell and Reed Albergotti, authors of “Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever” explained the insidious nature of Armstrong’s fall into the “cheating culture” of doping, given the incredible pressure to win.  Greg LeMond appeared. But the most interesting interviewee was Tyler Hamilton, who describes the doping in detail.  It appears that riders were approached only when they were viewed as having enough “talent”.

The CNN link for the report is here

It’s always struck me that riders “sacrifice” their “appearance” in more conventional terms, to win, and that no one sees that as quirky.  Women still seem to want them.  That’s a far cry from how things were viewed in the 50’s when I was growing up.

The documentary does mention Armstrong’s interview earlier this year with Oprah Winfrey. It also summarizes how he discovered that he had testicular cancer in 1996 and shows some images from his treatment as a young man.  How did his recovery from cancer affect his attitude toward altering his body for competition?  It sounds like an interesting question.

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