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 Winfrey interview, Armstrong used the word "process" to describe what he was doing with the interview. The use of the word "process" was no accident, and it clearly includes more than making a series of telephone calls to former friends and associates whom he had bullied. The process includes much more, and it is the result of what must have been hours and days of preparation for the interview and formulation of what he hopes will be his comeback program.