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January 15, 2013

Lance Armstrong Reportedly Apologizes to Livestrong Staff

Lance Armstrong offered an emotional apology to employees at the Livestrong cancer foundation Monday before taping an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, according to the Associated Press and The New York Times.

A source with direct knowledge of the Livestrong meeting told the AP that Mr. Armstrong choked up while addressing staff at the charity he founded in 1997 but officially left last fall after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a voluminous report on his alleged cheating. The source said the disgraced rider apologized for letting the staff down and putting the foundation at risk but did not directly confess to using banned substances.

According to the Times, Mr. Armstrong did make such an admission in his conversation with Ms. Winfrey, which is scheduled to air Thursday on her television network. The reported confession, widely viewed as part of an effort by Mr. Armstrong to reverse a lifetime ban from Olympic sports, will primarily benefit Livestrong and its brand, Forbes writes.