For those disappointed with the content of part 1 of Lance Armstrong and Oprah, you might have been forgiven for nodding off midway through part 2. The lack of sincerity from the subject and washy interviewing combined to make the production as lame as an episode of Neighbours. Part 2 petered off into a nice cosy chat about Lance, how he was doing and feeling. There was less probing and digging than the night before, with Oprah missing another whopper of an opportunity having mentioned the topic of David Walsh author of “Seven Deadly Sins”.
The most compelling elements to the interview was LA’s corny attempt to show emotion by turning the waterworks on mid conversation. Rather than raising the sympathy levels with the viewers it merely highlighted his lack of sincerity, and showing no one can ever trust this man.
“Do you feel disgraced?”….. long pause and then an insincere “Yes”. The “humbling” moments he chose to highlight were the sponsors pulling out. In his eyes it is still all about Lance Armstrong, his therapy, how he feels, some remorse and his journey in starting to change. What has he lost? Money is the answer, not the trust of his kids or his poor mother or potential to help more cancer sufferers through the charity Livestrong.
LA was given a life ban from all elite sport after the US Anti-Doping Agency exposed his use of banned substances. He believes he has the right to compete again – he believes it’s unfair that he has the “death penalty” compared to other who received bans for 6 months or 2 years. He still compares his role to his fellow team mates rather than the key instigator.
The World Anti-Doping Authority on Saturday night responded to Armstrong’s plea by saying he could yet have his ban reduced, if he allowed Usada to investigate and he reveals the details of the doping programs, which officials, riders, doctors and suppliers enabled him to do so. A truth & reconciliation is the logical next step, but logic has not historically followed this story.