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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With Armstrong's disgrace, will anything change?

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  1. John Cleary

    lance: "...but I've also been worse."

    Good lord, what else has this man done that we still don't know about?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary

    "I've been worse." This guy is absolutely shameless!

    October 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bear

    It appears that cheating was so prolific that you cannot find anyone who won without doing it. If you are in a sport and 90% of the participants are doing something and its not being caught, you either join in or drop out.

    They should just declare amnesty and restore all who did it. Then decide how serious they want to be about stopping doping. If they want to be serious then put in very strong control systems. Or just stop making it illegal and let the participants use drugs.

    When you do not enforce the rules for years and everyone is cheating, to come back after the fact and arbitrarily attack some folks but not others, then you are really being unfair.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LINDA

    Lance, I am sure you won't read my comment, seems to many are ready to put you down for you mistake. We ALL make mistakes, and we all have to pay for them. But, your foundation was not part of your bad judgement. LIVE STRONG, AND God Bless. This to shall pass, and one more little thing....."LET HIM WITHOUT SIN, THROW THE FIRST STONE"

    October 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • buttpirate

      and by "mistake" you mean endless doping (and undeserved wins) and 10 years of lying, right?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      if you think the top 10 cyclists in those races did not dope at all, then you are deluded. Im certain that the best athletes on the planet dope in some way.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdc

      Linda,

      Winning 7 tournaments and (allegedly) doping throughout is no mere mistake. And I don't believe in sin so I can cast as many stone as I wish to.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I just want to know where is the proof? Actual proof?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choo

      Then it is all good. Let him go people. Also, let sandusky go because we are all sinners, therefore sandusky did nothing wrong.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynch Mob

      YES, twas not abundant to simply imprison the evil Sandusky, let us all unleash our stones and cast our vengeance upon him. Let us bury our own feces in the shadow of the evil Sandusky, for it shall not be seen beneath such great iniquity. Then we shall be free, for we ourselves shall ne'er be judged. For we alone are worthy.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. donna

    Leave. Lance. Alone!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. us_1776

    This is a senseless witch-hunt.

    Why destroy an entire sport?

    Why didn't the USADA do it's job ages ago?

    Why not just move forward from here on out instead of trying to go far back into the past and smear a whole sport from a time when the doping behavior was not even seen as cheating. Anymore than taking vitamin pills.

    That was then, this is now.

    End this vendetta against Lance Armstrong and the others.

    And restore all the medals to these great athletes and move forward from here.

    .

    October 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      We can move forward when he pays back the 10's of millions of dollars he stole from sponsors, fans and cycling because of his cheating and lying about cheating for year after year. He lives in a mansion (or several of them) and has more money than everyone on this board put together, all of it gained from lying and cheating. He should be in jail, he is a swindler, a conman, he is Bernie Madoff on a bicycle.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • cgouyonnet

      What I see problematic for Lance Armstrong is his continue denial. If he had come clean and admitted that he did take performance enhancement drugs to gain an edge, perhaps the sports community might be a bit more forgiven, Unfortunately, he continues to deny what it seems an unsourmantable evidence that points to the contrary. Lying will get you nowhere.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • listen to Bart

      well put Bart.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart is as brain dead as the rest of you chimps

      Sure listen to' Bart'. Follow him right over the cliff, ASAP.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdc

      Bernie Madoff on a bicycle...

      Great analogy, Bart!

      October 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynch Mob

      YES.... YES.... YES !!! Let us void the existence of this Cheat and Liar... Let us stand against this tyranny within our righteous realm. Our Evil shall prevail against your Evil, Our wickedness shall smite your foul wickedness. Choose wisely the invincible weapon of hypocrisy, and we shall judge to the death our wicked adversary. For we are worthy i say, to inflict our justice upon all we deem evil in our sight, yes i say, worthy to judge. It is OUR understanding that shall finally defeat the darkened hearts of humanity... yes, we are worthy.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sharon

    I could either get angry and terribly out of shape in the head for what he did (which doesn't hurt him by the way) or I can just remember that he has done a whole lot of good in the world and be happy. Which do you choose?

    October 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lynch Mob

    String him up!! Gather the feathers, Boil the Tar, sharpen the pickets, light the torches... let us show our true nature trough and through. My My how humanity has advanced so far and grown so great in this age of technical wonder! My My how hypocrisy has wilted within the vast light of our own righteousness! Let us now feast on pride, drink the blood of our foes in the shadows of our righteous judgments. How we have mastered the ways of murder without touching the flesh, we instead destroy the very soul within. Let us feast brethren, let us drink and rejoice of the hope we have gained from our own strides against the evils of this world. For we have come so far.... can you not see how far we have come???

    October 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdc

      How we have mastered the ways of murder without touching the flesh, we instead destroy the very soul within.

      Oh please! Lance destroyed his own soul by his own deceptions. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynch Mob

      And we shall fall upon the sword of judgment we wield.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lorne babb

    I dont think there is any question that he did it , the excuse that they all did doesnt make it any less excusable , he should be stripped of not only the metals but should have to return the millions he recieved personally for cheating all those years, The site of all the livestrong ads turns my stomach. imagine if all the crooks in the world gave some of there loot to a good cause and expected a free pass because of it. i say he should come clean.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Guilty or not, I am thankful for what Lance did for me personally. It gave me the motivation to start cycling. Now I ride six days a week and about 8,000 miles a year. My health is fantastic. For all you arm chair pundits, your so quick to throw someone under the bus, but yet take at look at your own life and if, and only if, you can say that you helped the millions of cancer patients around the world that LiveStrong has been able to do, then you have a legitimate right to judge.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?

      Here's an analogy. Madoff stole billions but he donated millions to charity... so we should focus on his charity?

      It was all a lie! He scammed everyone!

      October 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. obamatees09

    Looks like the odds he "didn't do it" are pretty remote at this point; I didn't want to believe it either...L.A. came of age during the pinnacle of the "winning at all costs is cool" era of known history. Should we really be surprised he did whatever it took to win, while we all cheered him on and fueled the fire of his enormous ego? Furthermore, since it seems pretty much everyone involved was cheating equally, was he not still #1 in the pool of cheats? The absurdity inherent in it all is that on some level we all bought into the idea that ANYTHING about middle aged bike riding was important or noteworthy; let alone worth risking your life or health for.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JoJo

    I'm glad to see some support for Lance this time – I've seen so much rhetoric slamming him for what he "did"...and no matter what anyone says, he really is the only one who knows the truth, and I agree with the person who says "What if he didn't?" But totally aside from that...if you consider that whether or not he did this thing, he STILL accomplished amazing feats! Not very many people – even dedicated cyclists – could even FINISH the Tour de France, drugs or no drugs! He DID! If he had help, well, maybe that was the difference in the placements, and yes, maybe the medals shouldn't be his, but he's an amazing athlete who overcame cancer and does a lot of good through his organization...and it makes me sick that people want their donations to that organization back because of this. Why? Do they think that his fall from grace means beating cancer isn't worth supporting any more? Live Strong, Lance...you're not perfect...but neither is anyone else.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. judge and jury

    Lance has been found guilty of cheating and lying. Game over. Charity aside, he's done. and I'm glad it finally happened. filthy pig.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • luke mclachlan

      wishing someone is "over" is a pretty nasty thing and goes to show you're NOT above anyone else. stupid !

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      how is what I posted 'wishing someone "over"'? You have the reading comprehension of a 1st grader yet call me stupid? LOL

      October 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. korgri

    The way he beat cancer makes me doubt the truth of the doping allegations. C'mon, beating cancer?
    How often does that happen?
    As odd as it sounds, there are people who will go to insane lengths to try to tear down the likes of the
    Lance Armstrongs of the world. And they will attract those who will pile on.
    Because even with doping these people couldn't win any bike race – so they think it makes them look (and feel) powerful
    to destroy the reputation of those who do. It was the same thing with the guy who shot John Lennon – he knew
    he couldn't be John Lennon, so if he killed him that made him as powerful as what he saw John Lennon to be.
    It is shocking what people will do just to feel powerful. Well, if anyone here pays attention to history, maybe
    not so shocking.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    This one is easy.. Just show us the proof.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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