For some the news that Lance Armstrong was using doping maneuvers to win seven Tour de France races was not surprising as they had doubted him from the begining. But what about those who saw him as an inspiration. A man who came back from deaths door to be one of the worlds foremost athletes.
It was a great story made into epic proportions by the continuous victories in the Tour De France. What seemed an impossible feat of athletic endurance and determination, turned out to be just that. Impossible.
Now with the truth of drugs, blood transfusions, along with various other medical techniques there is a sense of loss. I was one of the followers and admirers, and now I feel a definite sense of betrayal. The betrayal which was made worse when I watched him answer questions presented by Oprah Winfrey. The way he answered and dodged and the excuses and the non excuses showed us a more sinister side of Armstrong that we have not seen outside his private circle.
He showed us a ruthless individual who would do absolutely anything to achieve his desired result no matter the consequences to others. He appeared to be a shell of a man, void of conscience. The sense of right and wrong had been abandoned if it ever was there.
It is clear that he would have been better off not doing the interview. It took something that was already the worse mass cheating scandal and made things so much worse.
Carter Hargrave is a martial arts teacher in Tulsa Oklahoma