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Lance Armstrong- Behind the Handsome Face

Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey was revealing and disturbing.

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I watched the televised interviews intently. Lance Armstrong was one of my favorite athletes. Not only did I tell my friends that I’d donate $1000 to his Livestrong foundation if I could just feel the muscles in his legs (lol:), but I watched all of his Tour de France wins TWICE. In the morning live and the exact same coverage again at night. I also believed in his innocence and thought he was the real deal.

My conclusion after the interviews. Lance Armstrong is a sociopath. There were telltale details within his confession that confirm his inability to feel empathy for others and an absence of social conscience. His actions characterized by chronic and continous lying in which the rights of others were violated.

I couldn’t help but experience detailed flashbacks of my work with sexual abuse perpertrators. In the midst of their confessions, verbal expressions of remorse, acknowledgement of guilt, they would mention the lacy dress the 9 year old little girl was wearing and how it felt to have her on their lap. Sickening stuff.

Here are the key parts of his interview I found very revealing. Read more

What We Can Learn When Our Heroes Fall [re-post]

SPECIAL POST: This post initially appeared on FITskitz.com on 10/22/12. In light of Lance Armstrong’s confession this evening to Oprah Winfrey that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs to advance his career, I am re-posting this article. Next week I will post my reaction to the interview. I’m anxious to see which of these “effects” described below impacted his choices the most.

In my opinion, the only way for him to rebuild his reputation is to become fully transparent (including how he bullied others), pay up to those he wronged, and devote the rest of his career to being the conduit for cleaning up professional sports. He should admit he would have gone to his grave with his lies had he not been caught. But now he has a different kind of power– the power to use his own deceit, greed, and fame to stop others from doing the same. Unfortunately, his legal team won’t see it this way. Stay tuned Thursday and Friday on OWN.

Lance Armstrong reminds us of the common traps of ultra success.

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What Can We Learn When Our Heroes Fall

Lance Armstrong reminds us of the common traps of ultra success.

I saw the recap on the news of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Livestrong Foundation. The founder, Lance Armstrong, took the stage to address the audience of supporters. He admitted that the last two weeks had been difficult. With the recent sway of public opinion now believing he took performance enhancing drugs throughout his career, you could see the toll of the past year in his face. He did not apologize or elaborate on his claim of innocence. He only said that he has experienced worse times, referring to his battle with cancer that almost took his life.

It’s worthy of a look behind the cloaks and public personas to extract the lessons, if any, that can be found when one of our heroes implodes. When a role model disappoints or misleads us, we feel betrayed and even angry. Read more

Livestrong or Livewrong

The Lance Armstrong investigation stirs up debate for good reason.

Worthy of the yellow jersey?

I have read all of his books. My wrist adorned a rubber yellow bracelet for years. When asked which athletes I would most like to have around my dinner table, Lance Armstrong was tops on my list.

Accused of doping in his 7 consecutive wins of the Tour de France, Lance is forced to prove his innocence instead of proving he’s still one of the best athletes on the planet.

Is this a witch hunt or a legitimate effort on behalf of authorities to clean up the sport of cycling?  Here’s what I think. Read more