Part II: Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 11:21 PM

AUSTIN – Part two of Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong featured some of the cyclist’s most emotional moments during the two night event.

Armstrong told Winfrey that while it hurt to lose about $75 million in endorsements in the span of two days after sponsors dropped him, his lowest point came when the board of directors at the Livestrong Foundation asked him to consider stepping down.

“I had this place in my mind that they would all leave. The one person that I didn't think would leave was the foundation," Armstrong said. "None of my kids have said 'dad you're out.' None of my friends had said 'Lance you're out.' The foundation is like my sixth child, and to make that decision and to step aside, that was big."

Winfrey quizzed Armstrong on whether he had remorse to which Armstrong replied, “If you're asking me do I want to compete again the answer is hell yes. I'm a competitor. It's what I've done my whole life. I love to train, I love to race, I love to tow the line.”

Armstrong appeared to get choked up when he talked about coming clean to his children, one of whom was defending his innocence online.

“I deserve to be punished. I'm not sure I deserve that I deserve the death penalty,” he said.

Armstrong also said he still owes his teammates an apology and said he’d offer it whenever they are ready.

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