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ANCHORAGE - Thursday night saw the airing of the televised interview in which Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs for more than a decade.
For some the news was a disappointment, but for others it didn't come as a surprise.
“I view this situation as one big lie, that I repeated a lot of times,” Armstrong said in his interview with Oprah. “And as you said, it wasn’t as if I said no and moved off of it.”
Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour De France titles in October, and on Wednesday his 2000 Sydney Olympic Games bronze medal was taken away.
His admission to the doping allegations comes after more than a decade of denial.
“We’ve got nothing to hide, we know that, everybody knows that. We have proven it time in and time out that we are clean,” Armstrong said in a past interview.
Now, his local supporters are trying to come to terms with his confession.
“It sucks that so many people are going to dishonest means to get by,” said Isaac Mullins. “I think whatever illegal stuff happens in the aftermath, I think he should ‘fess up and serve his time.”
But Rachelle Agler said the athlete has done a lot to fight cancer – Alaska’s number one killer.
She said you have to separate Livestrong from Armstrong.
“There is disappointment from me, but my mission is to help people fight cancer and to maintain the mission of the Livestrong Foundation.”
Agler heads up Livestrong in Alaska and hopes fellow Alaskans will continue to donate to the cause.
“Not donating to Livestrong just hurts those fighting cancer and it doesn’t punish Lance,” said Alger. “It punishes those people who are actually struggling with the disease.”
Others, like Bill Harbour, disagree. “I think his unethical actions have made it hard to support anything he puts his name on.”
With Armstrong’s reputation now sullied, Livestrong will have to fight to keep its name clean.
In Armstrong's interview with Oprah he said taking performance-enhancing drugs became so routine that he said it was as common as having air in his tires or water in his bottles.