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Armstrong: Yes, I doped, but it wasn’t cheating

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  • The disgraced cyclist said his admission is too late for most
  • He discussed the depth of his doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey

In one word, Lance Armstrong recanted a decade of strenuous denials, validated his past accusers and officially confirmed what many had long suspected. Yes, he used banned substances to enhance his cycling during his extraordinary career. Yes, it included blood doping, human growth hormone and testosterone.

He was candid about his doping and acknowledged he would have been unable to win the Tour de France seven times without his banned substance regimen. He added that at the time he did not consider his use cheating because he was leveling the playing field.

Did his mea culpa really resonate with you? Armstrong is the latest addition to the public apology club. In the past, athletes and even presidents have apologized for misdeeds. Watch other famous apologies below and then let us know how Armstrong’s fared.

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Marion Jones: Marion Jones admits to doping in 2007

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Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods apologizes for sex scandal

His fall from grace was steep and swift. Still it wasn’t until a few months into his sex scandal that the former No. 1 golfer finally offered a public apology. 

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