October 21st, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Lance Armstrong laments 'difficult few weeks'

Potentially on the verge of losing his most prized cycling medals, and already shedding sponsors who gave him enormous wealth, Lance Armstrong said Sunday it's been "an interesting and at times very difficult few weeks."

Speaking to participants in his cancer-fighting foundation's annual Ride for the Roses, Armstrong said, "People ask me a lot how are you doing.  And I tell them I've been better, but I've also been worse."

In his brief remarks to a crowd in Austin, Armstrong didn't mention the recent finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of overwhelming evidence that Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."  Armstrong has denied the accusations for years and attacked those who said he took part in doping - including fellow cyclists.

He stepped down last week as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, but said he will continue to be involved.  Some of the foundation's donors are furious over the scandal, and want their money back.

"We will not be deterred," Armstrong said Friday night at the organization's 15th anniversary celebration in Austin, Texas.  "We will move forward."

The USADA has called for Armstrong to lose his seven Tour de France titles.  The International Cycling Union, which has the authority to strip him of those titles, plans to respond Monday.

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  1. Galaxy Prime

    Did Lance Armstrong cheat? I don't know, that's up to the experts to decide. But what I do know is that the cycling governing body should have a 1 year statute of limitations on accusing a cyclist of cheating to avoid this mess in the future. Why stop at Lance Armstrong? – without a statute of limitations, they could exhume the bodies of all the previous winners and run tests to see if they cheated in some fashion. I guess I better let my employer know I cheated on a geography test in elementary school before they find out and hope they don't fire me.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. keyser

    And he'll get even more worse as time and drug use take it's toll on his dishonest, cheating little body.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hear Ye

    Ok then Lance, some love you some don't ..... now give us what we want – the truth.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. scott

    our society is really a bunch of hypocrites !. how can you say lance had an unfair advantage ?. he started his career with testicular cancer which spread. the guy shouldnt be alive. if anything, the other riders had the advantage. here is a thought: so no one has an extra advantage lets put anyone who wants to cycle for a career in a camp. they eat the same food (exact weight, type, color, ect). put them in the same clothes, same bike mfg and color (dont want anyone to complain a color is affecting them), race by weight class (like high school wrestling). all comes down to training and talent. how boring would this be???. all athletes are entertainers. who cares how they got there. they are people we love to hate, ect. like pro wrestling. everyone knows its fake. we still buy the tickets. its fun !. mr cena !. awesome man and he too does leaps and bounds for make-a-wish. why not ?. some stricken kid has a little excitement and hope because of mr cena. you people here in our society suck !. shame on you for being healthy. i say way to go lance !. i pesonally do not care about your critics. you beat the perfect system against many crippling odds and helped others where not many would have !. you are awesome !. as far as you perfect people out there in your perfect world.... go crawl under a rock and let us common people enjoy our entertainment !...

    October 21, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • R. millan

      Agreed. Performance enhancements have been a part of sports for decades and grew along with the money to be made. Performance enhancements exists even in the non-sports industries, but you don't see those stories plastered all over the papers. What I really can't believe is the people who gave money to support the struggle against Cancer now seriously asking for their money back ? That is just ridiculous. Let he who is without sin throw the first stone.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      also well said r millan !. you ever been in a GNC store ?. that entire place is performance enhancing. just a set of rules allows them to be legal. whatever. its performance enhancing no matter how you define it. creatine, all of them. special swimmers wet suits, little plastic caps they wear. racecar setups and aerodynamics. i could go on and on but all were designed to give an edge. all, like you said, for money !. some choose greed, some like lance used to help others in need. i see comment after comment criticizing lance and other athletes. our society created this monster. deal with it and let the sticken enjoy their lives also.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cycliste

      Scott, you're missing the point. Riders died using EPO. Just one of the reasons why the truth needed to be uncovered so that it won't happen again.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jannynet

    Interesting that when my husband had his 3rd cancer surgery, one of the things that was recommended was EPO. I don't care if Lance Armstrong juiced or not. Using his name to help fight cancer and help survivors is a major contribution to the human race. I know a lot of good cyclists that couldn't keep up with him for a mere mile. Wanting their money back. Can I ask the Komen foundation for my money back for their missteps or if I don't get breast cancer? Stupid people!!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      well said janny !. i have a family friend who has it. he is in remission thanks to modern medicine. i pray your husband is doing better also. i dont get people either. to ask for donations back is almost subhuman. have a bit of compassion. jesus loves all of you !!!!!

      October 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cycliste

      My grandfather died of cancer. He was always insistent that cheats should never prosper.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    First it was the DA, then you had yor USDA, and now, you got your USADA. Whats tomrrow bring? The USADPCPA?
    If "BIG GOVERNMENT" is what makes you "feel good", then vote for the man conveniently displayed at the bottom of the screen.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Um, Jeff Frank, the USADA isn't a govermental agency...
      so I'm unclear as what you're talking about...this isn't about politics AT ALL.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    First it was the DA, then the USDA, now you got your USADA, and tomorrow, the USADPCPA.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kris

    America still admires you Lance.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Speak for yourself, Kris. I for one don't admire a person who is a liar, a cheat, and worst of all a bully.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      America admires heroes...not cheats and liars Kris.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hide Behind

    Ah how soon we forget that sports are sports, when as a child we were told: to play as hard as you can but to win by unfair means is not the way, what matters most is how you play.
    When wr lose it matters more that we did the best we could and will try to improve beyond that.
    That real sports demand fair play and that is why there are rules to the games and penaltys for. breaking those rules.
    We tell the child that sports begets character, and character is what makes adults worthy of emulation and keeps our socity strong.
    Those days are past it seems. dreams of bygone days for now we find win at any cost is the rule.
    The old altruism the ends justify the means is todays common theme and what's in it for me allows us to exploit not just outside our own reach but anyone who threatens what's in it for me.
    We want our own weakness of character to be the norm.
    Sad is the day when the rotten apples at the bottom of the barrel becomes the top.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • smootspah

      While in theory i agree with you, but in today's world it doesn't work this way. Many athletes use sports to get different perks, otherwise who needs to "kill" himself if it woudn't pay back? Lance is amazing athlete, a cancer survivor and role model for humankind. He is smart and athletic, he made a foundation that helps people. Its easy to smear his name and to destroy what he created, but its not gonna change his achievements in a long run.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If you've been lucky enough to have "never" needed a doctor from the time you were born, and like to ride bikes? You could "sue" the USADA for "everything they're worth", if they falsely accused you. Hehe!

    October 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. semper fi

    7 time TDF winner Lance Armstrong nice.................Cancer SURVIVOR............much better. Both are facts.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yep.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Only 1 will be a fact when they strip his TDF wins on Monday.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. awesomemetilda

    I don't get the point of this article.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anni

    Wow! Most of these posters believe it's okay to cheat, to falsely lead people on, and to enjoy a career, a life, and monetary success based on lies! Just because Armstrong won't admit to his cheating does not mean that he did not cheat. Everyone knows how arrogant and full of self-importance he is. He will NEVER admit that he cheated because he's even convinced himself that what he did to win SEVEN tours was just fine. At least Marion Jones had a conscience. No conscience with Armstrong. Complete and utter denial to the end. Shameful! No wonder the world of sport is the way it is when even those who watch and support these dirty athletes turn a blind eye!

    October 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. psychoannie

    Lance is a liar, a cheat, and a thief. That said, he does have a compelling story of survivorship with his cancer. I think that can behis redeeming value. He must give back his awards; after all they were "ill gotten gains" but unless he is helping himself to donations, he is to be noted for starting an organization that has raised millions of dollars-hopefully used for cancer patients and not "administrative" costs. But he still gets a SHAME ON YOU from me.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank Pierce

    In our flawed society we seem to be doing a better job of scandalizing athletes for doing their job on dope than we are at beating our partisan politicians down for playing chicken with each other and getting nothing done.

    October 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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