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Lance OWNs up: Yes, I Doped. And I Actually Didn't Feel Bad About It

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LOS ANGELES - During an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday night, Lance Armstrong has admitted that he did, in fact, take performance enhancing drugs during all seven Tour de France wins.

The BBC callex it the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.

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The first part of the interview, the second of which is to air Friday, opened with a confession from the disgraced cyclist in which he just answered “yes” to the questions from pop culture icon Oprah Winfrey.

The Telegraph reports that Armstrong, who has been banned for life and stripped of his titles after the U.S. anti-doping agency (USada) found him guilty of doping, claimed that doping was so common in the sport that it was “like saying we have to have air in our tyres, we have to have water in our bottles.”

Before being diagnosed with testicular cancer, Armstrong said that he didn’t really consider himself truly a competitor but soon gained a “win at all costs attitude,” doing anything to survive. When he took the substances, he said “I knew I was going to win.”

ESPN provided the following transcript:

"I'm a flawed character," Armstrong said.

Did it feel wrong?

"No," Armstrong replied. "Scary."

"Did you feel bad about it?" Winfrey pressed him.

"No," he said. "Even scarier."

"Did you feel in any way that you were cheating?"

"No," Armstrong paused. "Scariest."

"I went and looked up the definition of cheat," he added a moment later. "And the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I didn't view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field."

So, what did we learn from the first part of the interview?

Because, we actually already knew that he doped before we saw it- Usada told us and so did the teaser clips for the interview.

The Guardian says we learnt that Lance Armstrong is prepared to call himself a "jerk" and an "arrogant prick", but only admits to bullying in limited circumstances and as a personal flaw. A bit like biting one's nails.

Because it has been such a high profile case and because he inspired so many people, not just with his cycling efforts but also with his Livestrong cancer charity, the public backlash was particularly strong, especially on social media sites like Twitter. Here are eight of our favourites from last night:

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Utter Hopelessness, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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