Lance Armstrong, just the mention of his name creates heated debate among cyclists. Today’s release of the documentary movie “The Armstrong Lie” will reignite strong opinions about Armstrong’s cheating and bullying, charity and athleticism, friendship and betrayal.
It promises to deliver long awaited answers, while at the same time raise new questions about Armstrong’s character traits.
The trailer’s headlines tease the viewer to learn more:
- Finally the interview that sets the record straight
- The greatest deception in sports history
- The story too good to be true
- The truth we refused to see
- The hero who would say anything
I’m not sure whether I plan to watch “The Armstrong Lie” opening today at the Laemmle Royal.
It’s not because I question film director Alex Gibney’s ability to create objective documentary movies like “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “Taxi to the Dark Side”.
I think it’s because I don’t want to relive feelings of sadness and betrayal I experienced when Armstrong confessed he lied about the use of performance enhancing drugs and blood doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
As a bike shop owner and cyclist, I didn’t want to believe the allegations levied against him for over a decade. He was a role model in the cycling world, a cancer survivor, a leader that won a record seven Tour de France wins. I dismissed the charges as nothing more than human jealousy stemming from “one man’s success”.
One thing I’m sure about is “The Armstrong Lie” will be watched by a large percentage of cyclists.
I’ll probably be cycling past the movie lines.