Must Reads: Armstrong making apologies

Lance Armstrong has been busy on the phone leading into his interview with Oprah Winfrey

Armstrong apologizes ahead of Oprah interview — Washington Post

Lance Armstrong is set to sit down with Oprah Winfrey later Monday in Austin, Texas, and the Washington Post is reporting that he is attempting to make apologies to a number of individuals to whom is has lied regarding his use of performance enhancing drugs.

The Associated Press spoke with Armstrong Sunday while he was out for a run and the Texan said, “I’m calm, I’m at ease, and I’m ready to speak candidly.”

Liz Clarke writes that, “There are aspects of the USADA report that Armstrong is expected to dispute — characterizations of fact, as well as characterizations of him personally as a vengeful, vindictive bully who forced teammates to dope along with him and threatened those in position to expose him.”

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Armstrong seeks reconciliation with Landis — USA Today

USA Today reported on Sunday night that Lance Armstrong was attempting to reconcile with former teammate-turned-adversary Floyd Landis ahead of his interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday. Landis is believed to be behind a federal whistleblower lawsuit aimed at Armstrong and was a spark in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation into the banned former world champion.

Brent Schrotenboer writes that, “So far, the reconciliation attempt has not been successful. Landis, Armstrong’s former cycling teammate, has been hostile to Armstrong because of his previous attacks against him. Landis was among the first to accuse Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs, prompting Armstrong and his attorneys to fire back at him and portray him as a fraud.”

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Prepping for Oprah — Roopstigo

Selena Roberts and Roopstigo explore a satirical look at how Lance Armstrong might be preparing for his Oprah Winfrey interview with his legal and PR team. A light-hearted jab at Armstrong and Winfrey gets serious when the Lance character starts talking about Greg Strock:

Lance: Wait, dude, I can go back earlier. The earlier the better, right? I mean, think about it. I was this poor kid with nothing and I’m busting my ass for USA Cycling, man, and then I get the Greg Strock treatment. Got a needle stuck in my butt when I’m just a kid. Part of an Olympic drug system. Pushed to dope by Frankenstein-obsessed coaches.

There is a folder on the table title, “Gregory A. Strock, plaintiff v. USA Cycling, Inc. and Rene Wenzel, defendants.”…

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