Cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted directly in his interview with Oprah Winfrey to using a variety of performance enhancing substances, a record that he said started sometime in the "mid-90s."
"Yes," Armstrong said when Winfrey asked if he used a series of drugs to help his record run.
"I made my decisions. They are my mistake," Armstrong said.
Sitting in a chair across from Winfrey, Armstrong said he could not have won the race seven times without the drugs and gave a small smile.
"I lost myself in all that," Armstrong said.
He was light on the details and didn't name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his "fate was sealed" when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong's Tour de France wins, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities.
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