For months, there has been a lot of talk about cyclist Lance Armstrong using performance enhancing drugs. For days, many people waited to watch his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Fans are now weighing in after seeing it for themselves. As our Iris St. Meran explains, he still has supporters despite this dark cloud of controversy hanging over him.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lance Armstrong overcame cancer and he won over many people after winning seven Tour De France titles. But with his latest admission to using performance enhancing drugs, it's the fans who are feeling cheated.
Syracuse University student Saad Alrajhi said, "It's just sad and it's just an awful thing because he was like my idol, but now I lost all respect for him."
Although he's not the first athlete to have issues and certainly not the first to admit to using steroids, David B. Falk Professor of Sport Management Rick Burton says it will be hard for him to rebound from this and nearly impossible to rekindle his cycling career.
"We're not going to see Lance cycling anymore. So his fame is going to diminish just by the fact that there's less awareness of him, unless he does bigger and outrageous things again. This is as about as big as you can get," said Burton.
Beyond his athleticism, Armstrong, a cancer survivor, has helped to raise awareness and funds for cancer research through his foundation, LIVESTRONG. Burton believes this development will have a profound impact on the foundation.
Burton said, “The Strong in LIVESTRONG kind of comes from the Strong in Armstrong. I think it's going to be very hard for the average person to not hear LIVESTRONG and not think oh that's Lance Armstrong's charity. I don't know where I am on that, but I'm not there yet on Lance."
One supporter says it will take some time, but he can overcome this.
"I've already forgiven him for it. But that's different for me, but I think he's going out and saying that he did it, admitting it. Regardless of his intentions for doing that, how late he did it, he's still doing it. I would hope that people would forgive him and understand the good he has done," said Lance Armstrong fan Kyle Coleman.
Time will only tell.