When I watched the famous cyclist’s exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, I wasn’t watching a hero who had fallen from grace or an arrogant cheater. I was watching a survivor.
It was his first interview since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed formal charges against him for using performance-enhancing drugs, and the cycling’s governing body stripped him of his seven Tour de France victories and banned him from the sport for life. Armstrong said that after he confessed to his 13-year-old son that the accusations were true, his son Luke was remarkably calm.
“I love you ... This won’t change that,” he told his dad, according to Armstrong.
Some cancer survivors have similar thoughts about Armstrong.