Category: Society / January 15, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Lance Armstrong has finally confronted his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, though Oprah Winfrey said on Tuesday he "did not come clean in the manner” She expected.
41-year-old Armstrong has always vehemently denied using the drugs and had never tested positive in a doping test. But the evidence against him has been overwhelming and pressure has been building to get him to admit he cheated.
USA Today reported on Monday (January 14) that Armstrong had confessed to the doping in the interview with Winfrey, which will air on Thursday (January 17) and Friday (January 18) on her OWN Network, and other media say they have confirmed the report.
In an appearance on CBS' "This Morning" show on Tuesday, Winfrey did not explicitly say that Armstrong had confessed during their interview, though she said the media had confirmed it.
"It was surprising to me. I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers...But I feel like he answered the questions in a way that he was ready," Winfrey said of the interview, which occurred at a hotel in Austin, Texas, and lasted more than two hours.
"I think the most important questions and answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered," Winfrey added.
A cancer survivor who went on to become the greatest cyclist the world has seen, Armstrong's fall from grace has been as swift and spectacular as his rise through the French Alps.
While Armstrong was long dogged by accusations he cheated his way to the top, his rapid slide was ultimately triggered by an October report from the U.S. anti-doping body USADA.