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Armstrong Measures Words in Grand Scheme

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There were moments of seemingly sincere contrition as Lance Armstrong described his years of doping and lying in the interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was difficult for Armstrong to describe his suggestion to his son that the 13-year-old boy should "stop defending your dad." And Armstrong was clearly shocked when, in a FaceTime conversation, he saw that his mother was a "total wreck."

But these moments came in a carefully prepared package of admissions that was designed to minimize the legal repercussions of Armstrong's confessions, just one step in a multi-faceted strategy to recapture a portion of a lost legacy.

At least five times during the...

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