'Carefully Choreographed Dance': Armstrong's Complicated Media Past

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by Logan Lafferty

After a career of alternately charming, manipulating and strong-arming the media, former cycling champion Lance Armstrong is turning for redemption to a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey…Schaap recalled a press conference after Armstrong's first Tour win at which he was asked, 'Doesn't your victory after cancer show that anyone can triumph over anything if they just put their mind to it?' Armstrong said no – he had been in the Mayo Clinic where other patients had more to live for, and wanted to live more urgently than he did, yet died. Survival involves treatment, care, research and funds, he argued.

 

NPR by David Folkenflik

Tags: Cancer, Celebrity Patients, Lance Armstrong, Mayo Clinic, NPR, Oprah Winfrey, Tour de France

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