Posted January 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
Before his abrupt U-turn in an interview this week with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong had, many times and in many forums, consistently denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Here is a sample of some of the cyclist's choicest comments on the subject before he finally admitted to doping: --- ''Luke's name is Armstrong and people know that name, and when he goes to school I don't want them to say, `Oh yeah, your dad's the big fake, the doper.' That would just kill me.'' - from his second autobiography, ''Every Second Counts,'' in 2003. --- ''I came out of a life-threatening disease. I was on my death bed. You think I'm going to come back into a sport and say, `OK, OK doctor, give me everything you've got, I just want to go fast?' No way! I would never do that.'' - public forum, Aspen, Colorado, 2007. --- ''How many times do I have to say it? ... Well, if it can't be any clearer than `I've never taken drugs.''' - videotaped testimony in lawsuit, 2005. --- ''I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.'' - 2005 Tour de France victory speech, taking aim at ''the cynics and the skeptics.'' --- ''There are no secrets. This is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it.'' - same speech. --- ''Everybody wants to know: what am I on. What am I on? I'm on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day.'' - commercial for Nike in 2001. --- ''We're sick and tired of these allegations and we're going to do everything we can to fight them. They're absolutely untrue.'' - news conference, 2004. --- ''They say, `This is a new guy in the Tour. It can't be. He must be doped.' It's unfortunate.'' - TV interview on the way to winning his first Tour, in 1999. --- ''You are not worth the chair that you're sitting on.'' - at journalist and doping critic Paul Kimmage, at 2009 news conference. --- ''Do we make mistakes, all of us? Absolutely. As a society, are we supposed to forgive and forget and let people get back to their job? Absolutely.'' - same news conference, arguing that dopers should get a second chance. --- ''At the end of the day, I have nothing to hide.'' - Associated Press interview, 2009. --- ''I have never doped.'' - on ''Larry King Live,'' 2005.
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