Can Lance Armstrong compete again?
Lance Armstrong may have come clean to Oprah Winfrey because he wants to compete on a professional level again.
January 15th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Can Lance Armstrong compete again?

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) - Why is Lance Armstrong  coming clean after denying doping allegations for so many years?

People close to the cyclist say he still thinks he has what it takes to compete professionally in triathlons, races that combine running, cycling, and swimming.

[1:29] “He’s trying to rehabilitate his image and get his ban lifted so he can compete,” said Bob Dorfman at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco. He specializes in determining a professional athlete’s marketing potential. “You’re looking at appearance fees that could be pretty large. Just given the attention and hoopla surrounding this Oprah thing, I think a lot of people would pay money just to come watch him race whether he does well or not.”

As for his devotion to fundraising for people with cancer, Dorfman says it would be best if Armstrong was no longer associated in anyway with the Livestrong Foundation.

[2:08] “It’s possible that they may change their name, I don’t know. But I can’t see him staying attached to that group and it still having the success that it has.”

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Cartwright

    Lance's attorney Mark Fabiani, was Clinton's attorney during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations.
    Oprah and Obama are VERY good friends.
    Lance gives Oprah a tell all interview.
    The Federal Attorney's office just announced it isn't filing charges against Lance.

    January 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anne Hutchinson

    Who cares?

    January 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rftallent

    Although I don't believe he should be allowed to compete in cycling, I think he should remain aligned with Livestrong. After all, he did beat incredible odds to survive cancer.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Cartwright

      In part, the problem with that lies with the question -Did he give himself the disease by engaging in such reckless behavior?

      January 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M

    He had his chance and while doing that, he tormented, bullied and extinquished anyone who went against him. Why on any level would we want to give him another chance. Those he did away with didn't get another chance. Their competitive days are over for them. They can never get that time back. Just because you cry and admit something doesn't mean you get to go back to the starting line.

    January 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. empresstrudy

    Why not? Americans have forgiven Michael Vick and he murdered puppies.

    January 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peter Gerdeman

    No chance, since Lance spent the last TEN plus years telling us he did not dope, and destroyed those who said he did. He is the example in the dictionary of a liar.

    January 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |