Showing posts with label LANCE ARMSTRONG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LANCE ARMSTRONG. Show all posts

Thursday, November 07, 2013



By: G. H. Harding

Lance Armstrong

THE ARMSTRONG LIE --- Last night we caught a special sneak at the Sony screening room of Alex Gibney’s much anticipated and talked about new movie, The Armstrong Lie. In 2008, filmmaker Gibney set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to the world of competitive cycling. Armstrong had brought global attention to cycling as the man who had triumphed over cancer and went on to win bicycling’s greatest race, the Tour de France, a record seven consecutive times. More than just an athlete, Armstrong had come to embody nothing short of the possibilities of the human spirit itself. 

In 2013, Armstrong had admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency effectively stripped Armstrong of all seven of his previous titles and banned him from all sport for life). Setting out to chronicle his comeback, The Armstrong Lie (opening Friday) instead emerges as a riveting insider’s view, chronicling the collapse of one of the greatest legends of our time. As Armstrong tells the camera: “I didn't live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.” One of the film’s producers, Frank Marshall, was an Armstrong supporter when the film started production said, “We all drank the kool aid.” 

As the main narrator of the movie, Gibney very clearly began the movie as a both a tribute and an homage to the man. The film paints Armstrong as terrifically passionate; very controlling; and, amazingly focused. With his steeled-eyed glaze, he literally compels almost everyone to do his bidding. As the film (which drags on and on … a good edit would help) continues, Gibney has many of his acolytes, who finally turned on Armstrong, re-appear and air their complaints. It’s worth noting that each of these now-turned Armstrong devotees began as supporters. Even Gibney himself admits that the film he first envisioned was not the film he ended up with. 

Even as Armstrong participates in his last Tour de France, and it becomes clear that he is not going to win, Gibney himself even admits that he was cheering and rooting for Armstrong.

The look of the film is superb and the access that Gibney had rather extraordinary; from sudden drugs tests when Armstrong was training in Aspen; to post-event reflections in his hotel room one-on-one. You do feel as if you're there right with Armstrong.

Is Armstrong a sociopath? Who knows? The film begins with his confession at the altar of Oprah … but, even then, he adamantly states that he was racing drug-free in 2009. I found myself drawn between both ends; there is no question he inspired leadership and you wanted to believe; but, as I have found time and time again ... those are the most dangerous people of all.

It’s a fascinating film; I came away in some ways even more mystified by the specter of Armstrong. To be fair; Armstrong, a compelling personality, amassed millions for his charity and brought a focus to cycling that had never ever existed before. He was the sport; but, his downfall has been nothing short of catastrophic. In America, we love to build them up, bring them down ... and, build them up again! Stay tuned.

CLOSING NOTES --- Congrats to Bill DeBlasio on his win in yesterday’s mayoral election; though I have to say that as the campaign continued, I personally found myself leaning more and more to Joe Lhota. I've become a bit tired of DeBlasio's Tale of Two Cities refrain; this is New York, not Charles Dickens-land. I look forward to seeing what he does … Speaking of the elections: I have never seen my designated voting place is such disarray as I did yesterday. The volunteer workers were more confused than anyone. It’s ironic that all the candidates spend so much money on campaigning and then there’s mass confusion the actual day of voting. A sad state of affairs for sure… 

In the history of superstar act touring together, this has to be one of the biggest. Paul Simon and Sting will go on the road starting February 8 with the Paul Simon and Sting: On Stage Together Tour. While the official announcement and dates will not be made until tomorrow, it is known that the tour will include a March 4 date at Madison Square Garden in New York. The initial announcement is expected to include eighteen dates with more possible. Billboard reports that the tour will be much like that of Elton John and Billy Joel where each artist will play a solo set and then will duet on each other's music at the end of the show. Each will be performing their sets with their own bands ... 

Mary Hopkin is best known as one of the first artists to sign with the Beatles' Apple label and for her hit “Those Were The Days,” but she has stayed very active in music over the years, especially over the last ten years. Hopkin will release her sixth album in the last eight years in early-2014, Painting By Numbers. The set features "stripped down and bare arrangements of Mary's own songs." The majority of the songs were written by Mary while two were co-written with Brian Willoughby, who has worked with The Strawbs and Nanci Griffith, and Benny Gallagher of Gallagher and Lyle ...

And, finally, XM's Brett Winterble guests this Friday on WOR-talk. Winterble's been on a terrific run of guests, including photographer-Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who produced the stunning PBS documentary on Lou Reed; which the station has been running; chef Robert Blakeslee and The Armstrong Lie-producer, the legendary Frank Marshall - who helped start Amblin with Steven Spielberg.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


With all the drama surrounding the Lance Armstrong interview,expected to run in two parts this week on OWN Network, Olympic Champion Greg Louganis went to his Facebook account to give us some insight and his view on the drug scandal. I must say, Greg opened our eyes on a few things. The real champ here is Greg Louganis!

Lance Armstrong

From Gregory Louganis Facebook Page.

I don’t usually chime in with a lot of “gossip” or “public opinion” of celebrities, but I myself was challenged to figure out how I felt about the whole Lance Armstrong situation.

Am I disappointed he cheated? Yes, I “feel” for those competitors who were “clean” and competing. I am also not so naive to think Lance was the only one. I do have to say, all of the interviews and what I saw and the public saw, was a humble and gracious winner in Lance. He became a spokesperson of hope for Cancer, the “Live Strong” campaign; he gave hope to many when some may have felt hopeless. He didn’t shy away from the fame that was thrust onto him by media, advertising agencies, and the public. Living life under a microscope is no easy task.

I also might have a unique perspective, being diagnosed HIV positive 6 months prior to the Olympics in ’88. I was put on AZT, when I told my co-author Eric Marcus, he sobbed! He exclaimed, I will never know what an accomplishment that was, to win two Olympic Gold medals on AZT. Many of the HIV meds came from the research of Cancer. I think now I have a better idea what an accomplishment that achievement was as I, had to over time, needed to go onto growth hormone and hormone replacement to fend off wasting, and support my vitality. I doubt I could have passed doping test years after when in ’93 I had a terrible fungal infection in my colon. It was a challenge to get back to myself, energy level as well as a healthy body weight, it became a balance, but I remain on rather toxic drugs to keep a virus at bay.

I don’t know, and it is none of my business to know, what Lances treatments have been. But if even for a period of time those drugs were as toxic as I suspect they were, who is to say other medications were not necessary to balance a healthy and vital life. I am talking about “quality of life”!

I was asked what I believe Lances’ legacy will be, I have no idea, nor does anyone, but I know I will remember Lance as the man behind the “Live Strong” movement, with those yellow wrist bands, and a humble, gracious athlete who was seemingly kind. I like to focus on the positive and see the good in people, and Lance I feel has done a lot of good even if his name is removed from the record books of many Tour Records. I appreciate and respect what he accomplished to be voice of encouragement and hope. Thank you Lance!

Namaste, Greg

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong was embarrassed when police arrived at his Texas home on Saturday, after he accidentally called emergency services. The world champion was at his home in Austin, Texas with his children, Luke, Isabelle and Grace, when he attempted to dial his friend Dave Bolch. But he accidentally entered a digit of Bolch’s number wrong - and was left surprised when the police turned up at his house minutes later. Armstrong explained it all in a post on his page. He wrote, "Cops at house. Someone dialled 911. After interrogating the kids we figured out yours truly misdialled (Bolch) whose number starts with 913 .. Doh!!"
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Friday, May 08, 2009


Lance Armstrong

Bike rider Lance Armstrong blames singer Sheryl Crow's biological clock for their relationship breakdown. Lance and Sheryl dated for three years and were engaged to be married, but went seperate ways in February 2006. Armstrong has three children from another marriage to Kristin Richards, but is insisting he wasn't ready for kids with Crow as he was still recovering from his divorce. In his upcoming tell-all book Lance, he admits the pressure of Crow's advancing years finally broke them apart, according to New York gossip column Page Six. He writes, "She wanted marriage, she wanted children; and not that I didn't want that, but I didn't want that at that time because I had just gotten out of a marriage, I'd just had kids. Yet we're up against her biological clock -- that pressure is what cracked it."Because if somebody wants a child -- man, that's the greatest gift you can give to a woman -- so who are you to stand there and say I don't want one. So we were at different points in our lives. We were not compatible on that issue."
Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Mike Bloomberg With Lance Armstrong And Bill Clinton

The 42nd President of the United States William Clinton gives the opening remarks of the "Opening Plenary Session: A Call to Action" of the Clinton Global Initiative in the Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel today in New York City. Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Lance Armstrong were also on hand for this important event, as was Bono who is the champion of world causes.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


Kate Hudson And Lance Armstrong

Hollywood star Kate Hudson and boyfriend Lance Armstrong along with one of his twin daughters goes shopping at Benton's the Sporting Good Store and buy lots of supplies including two baseball bats with baseballs the other day in Pacific Palisades, California. Kate wore a little black dress and lance wore shorts along with a brown shirt and hat. Kate can be seen holding three bags while lance carried only two. Police were called by good Samaritans to protect the famous couple from fans and paparazzi. Police just stood at the front of the store door to look as the famous couple Jaywalked in-front of traffic. Jaywalking is a term used to describe when a pedestrian crosses the street outside designated crossing areas which is a violation of pedestrian traffic regulations and laws, and is therefore illegal. The paparazzi stood across the street.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Lance Armstrong And Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson With Son Ryder

Kate Hudson and son Ryder Russell Robinson depart their home for the airport yesterday in New York City. Kate still has wet hair after a late morning start from her dinner date the night before with Lance Armstrong at steakhouse STK. We caught the two leaving Lance's Central Park South home where Kate seemed happy to see our Buzz Foto photographer Christopher Peterson.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Biker Lance Armstrong is still denying his romance with Hollywood star Kate Hudson after he was quizzed about the relationship during a television show interview today. The couple have been romantically linked since they were spotted kissing and cuddling during a party at the Cannes International Film Festival in France last month, but neither star has spoken out about their rumored romance to date. And when the famous athlete was put on the spot on chat show The View, he politely declined to answer the four female hosts’ inquiries as to his single status. Armstrong says, "Number one, I know you have to ask that question. And it’s my right not to answer it. Number two, I think when you’re happy about something or proud about something, I think it’s natural in human nature to talk about it."But I’m not going to answer it. Next question." Hudson appeared on the show last week, laughing when asked the same question before saying, "Ask him."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Kate Hudson

Hollywood star Kate Hudson has a new man in her life, after she reportedly fell for sports icon Lance Armstrong. After hitting it off at a recent dinner party, the actress is said to have flown from New York City on a private jet to spend a romantic weekend with the cycling ace at his home in Austin, Texas. Earlier this month, Hudson was rumored to be engaged to on-off boyfriend Owen Wilson, but sources claim that at the time of the reports, the 29-year-old had already secretly begun dating Armstrong, 36. A source tells British newspaper The Mail on Sunday, "Kate and Lance have been dating for a couple of weeks. She thought it was really funny when people were writing recently that she was engaged to Owen, because the reality was that they had split again and she was secretly seeing Lance."She and Lance are both physical, passionate people -- she's never been happier."

Friday, March 09, 2007


Lance Armstrong with Ex. Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow has vowed to stay in Texas until she snares herself a cowboy.The country singer has no plans to sell her Texan Lone Star estate - which she bought with former lover and Austin native Lance Armstrong - because she wants to find a new Texan man. Sheryl announced during her performance at a rodeo on Wednesday night: "My sister said I needed to come out here and just say it, 'I'm looking for a cowboy'."I'm not giving up on Texas - yet."The 45-year-old performed her hit 'Are You Strong Enough to Be My Man', pausing midway to shout "Anybody up for the job?"The evening, 'Paint the Rodeo Pink', was themed in honor of Sheryl's battle against breast cancer. Pink cowboy hats were on sale with awareness ribbons on the brim - and the singer urged the audience to raise awareness of the illness. She said: "This is a real special night, because this time last year I got diagnosed with breast cancer and we couldn't come and we were so disappointed."We appreciate you wearing your pink. I know cowboys don't normally wear pink - but real cowboys can get away with it."Sheryl arrived on her black-and white spotted horse, which reared up and then galloped around the ring before she dismounted to perform. After forgetting the words to 'Soak up the Sun' she joked: "That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you know it's live - when you screw up the lyrics. No lip-synching here."Sheryl left the rodeo in a stylish red Mustang convertible.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Sheryl Crow's ex-boyfriend Lance Armstrong has vowed never to discuss his private life in public after his high-profile relationship with the rocker ended last year. Armstrong, who split with the singer last February, believes speaking out about potential partners puts "unnecessary and unrealistic expectations" on a couple -- and he intends to stay silent over any future love conquests. The 35-year-old cyclist says, "We are not going to talk about whoever is involved or whoever is in my life. If somebody takes a picture they can put two and two together. "It's so hard. It puts too much strain and unrealistic expectations on a relationship when you put it out there. "It's tough when you love somebody and you want to be with them, you want to talk about them. It's not easy, but I think it is by and large better not to talk about it."

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong have denied claims they are gay lovers.The pair - who are often photographed together shirtless - have laughed off rumors that their close friendship has turned physical. Matthew joked to Details magazine: "We tried it. It wasn't for us."A lot of people don't understand friendship and brotherhood. I have a great friend in him. I'd do anything he asked me to, even though he'd probably never ask me to, and he feels the same way."Seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance - who called off his engagement to singer Sheryl Crow earlier this year - admits he and Matthew had no idea their bond would develop into something so strong. He explained: "Our friendship just kind of developed. He got out of a relationship and I'd just gotten out of a relationship."I think people see pictures and they think we're these overgrown frat guys, but we all have those kinds of relationships - and relationship isn't a bad word."Lance elaborated: "I mean, we all have buds, we all take guy trips, but you take something very normal and you put it in a magazine, and people start talking."However, Lance says he's still not over his split from 'If It Makes You Happy' singer Sheryl. He lamented: "We couldn't get it right, we couldn't get it wrong."There was just a lot of back-and-forth. But we had a love for each other, and I think we still do."