Key quotes from Lance Armstrong interview
Key quotes from Lance Armstrong's first interview as a banned athlete, broadcast on Thursday, in which he admitted to talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he used performance enhancing drugs:
"I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times."
"Certainly, I'm a flawed character. I am flawed, deeply flawed."
"I made my decisions. They're my mistake. And I'm sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that."
"My cocktail, so to speak, was only EPO, but not a lot, transfusions and testosterone."
"And I went in and I just looked up the definition of cheat.
"And the definition of cheat is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe, you know, that they don't have or that they -- you know, I didn't do it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field."
"I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn't like what somebody said... I tried to control that and say that's a lie, they're liars."
"I didn't invent the culture, but I didn't try to stop the culture, and that's my mistake and that's what I have to be sorry for, and the sport is now paying the price because of that."
THE WRONGED WOMAN
On team-mate's wife Betsy Andreu, who Armstrong smeared in a bid to silence her: "Well, let me clarify something. I did call her crazy. I did."
"The last time I crossed the line, that line, was 2005," -- Armstrong denies doping in his comeback Tour de France races in 2009 and 2010.
"I disrespected the rules, regardless of what anybody says about the generation. That was my choice."
"If there was a truth and reconciliation commission... and I'm invited, I'll be the first man in the door."
On the US Department of Justice deciding last year not to pursue a case against him: "It's hard to define victory, but I thought I was out of the woods. And those were some serious wolves."