Report: Lance Armstrong Used PEDs Before Cancer Diagnoses, Began Doping in Mid-1990s

Lance Armstrong is the most popular figure in sports this week.

The American cyclist reportedly confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs during a taping of their highly publicized and highly secretive interview on Monday.

But that’s not all, as Lance also told Oprah that he began doping in the mid-1990s, before he was diagnosed with cancer, according to the USA Today.

Armstrong “confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he started using performance-enhancing drugs to gain an edge in cycling in the mid-1990s, before he was diagnosed with cancer, a person familiar with the interview told USA Today Sports,” writes author Brent Schrotenboer.

“The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case and because the Winfrey interview details are supposed to remain confidential until it airs Thursday night,” Schrotenboer added. “Armstrong had intended to make a general confession to Winfrey but avoid getting into great detail during the interview, which was held Monday in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin.”

The entire interview will air in two parts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday (Jan. 17) and Friday (Jan. 18) on OWN.

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