Lance can be 'hero' again

2013-01-22 11:29
Oprah Winfrey (AFP)

Edmonton - Oprah Winfrey believes Lance Armstrong can be a hero again.

And she thinks people will be willing to forgive him.

Winfrey said on Monday that the hardest thing Armstrong has done in his life is confess in an interview with her last week that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.

"If he is willing to do the work ... he can be a real hero," Winfrey said during a lecture in Edmonton, the first stop on a speaking tour through Western Canada.

She said Armstrong's fall from grace is so huge, it means a lot that he has finally come clean. But he also needs to realize his life is not just about a bike, races or a big mistake.

"Everybody has the ability within them to rise again. What really matters in the world is what kind of human being he chooses to be."

Billed as "An Evening with Oprah," Winfrey easily switched between motivational speaker and stand-up comic. She had the crowd of about 15 000 laughing, gasping and nodding their heads.

Unlike the arena's usual hockey crowds, most people there Monday night were women. Many came with girlfriends and some with their moms.

Read more on:    lance armstrong  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks could get posh England base
Wallaby stars to join Boks at BaaBaas
LIVE: Springboks v USA
VIDEO: Then and now - Ireland's 1999 RWC captain compares World Cups
/World Cup
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.