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Lance can be 'hero' again

2013-01-22 11:29

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.


AP

Comments
  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-22 11:49

    Amen my sista!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-22 11:58

      This just proves she is part of Lance's comeback strategy. Armstrong should go quietly...

      dhirshan.gobind - 2013-01-22 12:23

      Wrong of him but there are worse things than cheating to win. How about murderers, rapists and child molesters?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-22 12:35

      The only reason why he confessed was because he is with his back against the wall and no where to run.

  • bennie.theunissen.3 - 2013-01-22 11:53

    I don't want to justify Lance's actions, but you know, everybody makes mistakes. The man has confessed and we should learn from Hansie's down fall. Forgive and forget! Most of these high profile people gets advise from their legal teams and in most cases they get told to deny and deny. Let the man be!

      warren.slater.353 - 2013-01-22 12:03

      Why does everyone say Lance made a mistake? It was deliberate and to top it off he sued, threatened and discredited anyone who dared speak the truth. Justice needs to take its course. What kind of message is sent out to other "would be offenders" if Lance is let off the hook this soon? He needs the book thrown at him.

      art.brigg - 2013-01-22 12:20

      Exactly Gollum! A mistake is not deliberate for crying out loud. On top of it, all the retarded sheepil will rush out to buy his lousy book of lies and go munch popcorn watching his move for redemption at the movies and all they're doing is making this liar and cheat richer. Kids will grow up thinking it's okay to lie, cheat and hurt others - just look at Lance dad, now he's even richer and has more respect! Duh...

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-22 12:37

      Well said Gollum and art.brigg.

  • mastersvoice - 2013-01-22 11:56

    I cannot agree less! Armstrong will always be remembered as the greatest cheat of all time in professional sport. Becoming a hero again should not even feature on his to-do list. Forgiveness is one thing, but he will have to live with his status as villain for the rest of his life!

  • Teunis1985 - 2013-01-22 11:59

    With a cape and underwear over his cycling tights...?

  • ndimphiwe.luhabe - 2013-01-22 12:04

    I don't think he will Bounce into being a hero again but he will definatly bounce back bcoz he's such a strong character.......he's chaacter is what is going to help him

  • danie.moolman.16 - 2013-01-22 12:12

    The only way Lance will be a hero again is if he uses performance-DEGRADING drugs and then wins. That will make him a true champion.

      MastersVoice - 2013-01-22 12:50

      Yes. With both legs tied together, and facing backwards...

  • matt.prinsloo.1 - 2013-01-22 12:21

    He had more than enough opportunities to confess. But he waited until he had no choice. He was greedy and selfish. And those that say he still had to train hard to win... well guess what: alot of others trained hard as well, maybe even harder, but they couldnt compete with someone who trains with the help of steroids. I agree he should be forgiven. But to try and make him a hero again? No - not so easy. Maybe for a different generation But I bet you he is going to make millions out of his next book...

  • jannie.l.kotze - 2013-01-22 12:36

    Love how everyone goes on about what he has done. So easy to point fingers. Like you have never had a few drinks and drove home (knowing your drunk) or downloaded a song knowing its illegal. All of this makes me laugh because yes I mean no one has done anything wrong in their entire lives ever right? Be it a mistake or out of choice.

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2013-01-22 13:00

      @Jannie. Ekt die man vergewe- Probleem is net meeste mense BEPLAN nie om dronk huis toe te ry nie, hulle maak ook nie miljoene rande daaruit nie, hulle word ook nie beskou as heroes agv van hulle dade nie. onthou ook Lance het dit vir n paar jaar lank gedoen. dit was nie n once off "oops, ek het n fout gemaak nie". dis n scheme wat hy en sy helpers uitgedink het in detail. dis beplan gewees en dis deurgevoer vir n paar jaar lank.

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-01-22 12:49

    Oprah's only interest in Nielson ratings for her failing OWNTV network- good job- but I dont think it worked though

  • johnny.lamont.3 - 2013-01-22 13:12

    I take my hat off to Lance Armstrong! When I was on drugs I couldn't find my bike!!!

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2013-01-22 13:58

      Know you "cracking" a joke but what drug did you use to make you forget a bike?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-22 21:29

      Unga!!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2013-01-22 13:56

    If he gave back every single penny he made from being dishonest and pleaded forgiveness then he might stand a very small chance. This crook would never do such a thing so let him suffer.

  • ze.mac.58 - 2013-01-22 14:13

    total bs the idiots that forgive him are cheating themselves

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-22 14:25

    He said he wants to do marathons,etc right? Well here is the long & short of this tale. There will always be someone trying to "remind" him of his sins by means of a push, a trip, a flying can whatever the case may be. Even if he is allowed to compete again I'd advice him to get some bodyguards he's gonna need them cause the public smelt blood....

  • johnny.lamont.3 - 2013-01-22 14:52

    On a more serious note: Fraud is defined as the unlawful and intentional misrepresentation which can lead to actual or potential disadvantage to another individual or group. Armstrong meets all these elements. Thus; he should be formally charged with fraud and be prosecuted and sentenced if convicted.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-01-22 17:43

    It's actually rather sick. Clearly there was the deal, I'll give you the scoop as long as you punt for my future. But the punt came very, very quickly. Lance Fiction knows that he's otherwise done for and this was his only way out. Some people deserve another chance, but Mr Fiction lied for so long and so hard that his remedial period and effort will have to be as long and as hard. 10 years of community service and giving away to charity at least 90% of what he has earned from his Big Lie. And a full and sincere public apology to all whom he has hurt and vitriolised - and not via Oprah.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-22 18:12

    Drug dealers suffer big time on his absence!!

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-22 19:43

    Lance has always been a hero and will remain a hero. People that stay in glass houses should not throw stones!

      richard.young.1253236 - 2013-01-22 20:33

      Lance Fiction may always be a hero and will remain a hero in your eyes. If so, you are two sicko peas in a pod. Unless fictional performance gets decoupled from the natural. I want to see both. We want to see the No Rules Tour de France. de la Whatever. Are you or one of your supportees participating?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-22 21:28

      Richard please don't stress yourself over this dop head!!

      an.a.969 - 2013-01-22 21:44

      What did u do?

  • burger. - 2013-01-23 01:15

    Lance only confessed now as he had to wait a certain period before doing it! To all those people who say he should have confessed earlier should know more about American Law!! If I was cheating I too, and many of you would have done the same.. Lie!! Then when its more safe to come out you do!

  • linda.t.earl.1 - 2013-01-23 08:49

    The problem with this world is not going to be a shortage of crude oil, or water, or food. It is a shortage of mercy towards our fellow man. This will undo mankind, and is already in process. I do not condone what he has done. He is a flawed person like the rest of us, and he has to live with his tattered reputation. Remember, you only have one reputation. I hope he can rise again from the ashes, honestly this time.

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