Lance Armstrong'sintense desire to compete has prompted his upcoming confession according to New York Times reporter Juliet Macur.
"Lance really wants to compete. This is basically what this guy has done since he was just a kid growing up in the suburbs of Dallas. He did graduate high school, but just barely because he wanted to be a professional athlete and he made millions because of it and he earned the adulation of millions of people around the world because of it and because of his cancer foundation and right now he has none of that. He can't compete. He's cut all ties to Livestrong, his cancer foundation, because of all the damage the scandal has been doing to it so basically Lance Armstrong is just a shell of what he once was" she said.
It was Juliet Macur who broke the Lance Armstrong confession story days before the announcement that he would appear in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, says his return to competition is what motivates him.
Macur is skeptical, however, about how full a confession the world will see on January 17th and sees a double standard in the Armstrong situation.
"With Lance it's pretty much a surprise that he's doing it on Oprah rather than telling it to the U.S. Anti-doping Agency or the World Anti-Doping Agency first in an official confession so he could work out a deal with them to mitigate his lifetime ban."
Macur points out that under the World Doping code an athlete's eligibility for reduced punishment depends on how comprehensive his or her confession is. His appearance on Oprah will not meet that standard.
Armstrong has always vehemently denied charges of doping and has never been proven to have tested positive.
An Oct. 10 report from USADA cited Armstrong's involvement in what it characterized as the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," involving anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, blood transfusions and other doping.
Less than two weeks later, Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories were nullified and he was banned from cycling for life after the International Cycling Union ratified USADA's sanctions against him.
In November, Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, stepped down as a board member of Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in 1997.