Lance Armstrong's Dad: He Was Not Humble (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)
Lance Armstrong’s dad watched his son confess to millions that he took performance-enhancing drugs during his years as the most decorated champion in cycling history. But unlike the rest of the world, his emotions came from a paternal place.
“It was rather tough to watch. It was very emotional for me because I still remember the little boy,” Terry Armstrong told Celebuzz.no-holds-barred interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thurdsay, the shamed cyclist stopped back-pedaling as he had done for years, admitting "I was trying to win at all costs” – an admission Terry is still trying to come to terms with.
“The thing that was hardest for me when I was coaching him in Little League and football, is I instilled in him the foundation of winning,” Terry said.
After over a decade of adamant denials, Lance, who was adopted by Terry when he was three years old, answered “yes” to not only using blood-enhancing hormone EPO, but also testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone, and illegal blood transfusions and other blood doping, all of which began back in the mid-1990s.
His father, whose been estranged from the now-disgraced sports legend for years since divorcing his mother Linda, had hoped to see the genuine side of his son shine through, which has come under mixed reviews in the hours after Part 1 of the exclusive interview, which drew a record 4.3 million viewers to the OWN network.
But the sincerity was lacking.
“The thing people will probably look at and say is there’s nothing sincere there,” Terry said.
“In the best way he could do, he was doing it. His persona is so high in his mind it’s hard to come across humble,” he added.
“If you’re controlling everything you want to control, your answers and not come across as vulnerable. But I think people were hoping for vulnerability and they’re not going to get it.”
However, Lance didn’t let himself off the hook, calling himself “deeply flawed”, even going so far as to try to offer an explanation for his decade-long deceit.
This defensive description took Terry by surprise.
“When I heard that I thought of the word ‘spin.' If someone just looks at the things he was afforded growing up, the conditions he lived in, the houses, that’s not surviving,” Terry said. “He never did without anything, but that doesn’t sell well.
“But Linda and Lance have spun that story for this long. The spin is that they were single and had to scrounge around for money. That’s not true.”
In a previous exclusive interview with Celebuzz, Terry said he believed the American public would forgive his son if, in fact, he confessed the truth – which he did. And for that, Terry is proud.
“I think the public is trying to sense how they would do it and it’s hard for a public figure to do that.
“At this stage it’s not him.”
For now, Terry will save his conclusions till the very end.
“I want to get it all. I still have to see what the ending is,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how the second part comes across.”
Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive Part 2 airs Friday at 9PM on OWN.
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