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The Crucible Presentation
Transcript of The Crucible Presentation
Developing a Justifiable Reason
”Oprah Winfrey: Did you feel in any way that you were cheating? You did not feel
you were cheating taking banned drugs?
Lance Armstrong: At the time, no. I kept hearing I'm a drug cheat, I'm a cheat, I'm a cheater. I went in and just looked up the definition of cheat and the definition of cheat is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe that they don't have. I didn't view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.
OW: But you knew that you were held to a higher standard. You're Lance Armstrong.
LA: I knew that, and of course hindsight is perfect. I know it a thousand times more now. I didn't know what I had. Look at the fallout."
Group and Manipulation
Realization by those who were always Questioning
Attacks on the Prosecution and Denial
"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd."
Confession with Consequences
A Reputation on the Line
USADA & Armstrong
"My ruthless desire to win at all costs served me well on the bike but the level it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw. That desire, that attitude, that arrogance."
Lance Armstrong and his 21st Century Cycling Career
Before his confession in Jan. 2013, Lance Armstrong was known for his multiple victories at the Tour de France, his elite performance as a cyclist, and his winning battle with testicular cancer. His image inspired many who had similar situations. But shortly after, his reputation as a legend crumbled within days after his confession in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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"I think there were parts of this scheme that were run like a mafia"
-Travis Tygart. CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency
“Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" (20).
Pressure for Armstrong
“I have been hurt, Mr. Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin’ out! I have been near to murdered every day because I done my duty pointing out the Devil’s people---and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned like a---” (108).
Developing a Justifiable Reason
Attacking those who were threats
Floyd Landis (Team-mate from 2002-2004)
David Walsh (Sports Journalist for the Sunday Times)
Betsy Andreu (Wife of former team-mate Frankie Andreu.)
OW: "What do you want to say about Emma O'Reilly? You sued her?
LA: Emma O'Reilly is one of these people I have to apologize to. We ran over her, we bullied her.
OW: You sued her?
LA: To be honest, Oprah, we sued so many people I don't even [know]. I'm sure we did."
History has proven that charismatic, yet manipulative, leaders such as Lance Armstrong and Abigail Williams had the capability to redefine the beliefs of many into one under their control while simultaneously attempting to avoid the consequences that they feared.
Floyd Landis & Mary Warren
And Then Retaliation...
Providing Information only they have Witnessed (but in different ways)
Denial and then sued in 2008 under false information
"Why do you come, yellow bird?" (114).
Proctor: “Good. Then her saintless is done with. We will slide together into our pit; you will tell the court what you know
Mary Warren: I cannot, they’ll turn on me---” (80).
Did it after he lost his battle with the USADA on his use of PED's during the 2006 Tour de France.
The Salem court had pressed her for what she knew.
After Landis had notified officials of Lance's use of blood doping, the United States Department of Justice had launched an investigation on Armstrong's use of PED's in 2009. After the charges of fraud, drug trafficking, and witness temperance were dropped in 2011, the USADA had picked up on the case.
Saving a potentially ugly reputation
End in different ways, but neither gets desired results.
With The Crucible & Lance Armstrong's use of PED's, one can come to picture a leaders way to manipulate others for their own benefit. But as it can be seen, these individuals will simply never achieve what they desire.