Lance Armstrong, during the interview with Oprah Winfrey that was recorded Monday and began airing Thursday night. George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network/Getty Images hide caption

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Oprah Winfrey talks to cyclist Lance Armstrong in Austin, Texas, on Monday. The first part of the interview airs Thursday night. George Burns/Courtesy of Harpo/AP hide caption

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Lance Armstrong, right, faces several court cases tied to evidence that he cheated. One of the suits was filed by his former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. Here, the pair ride during the 2003 Tour de France. Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, celebrating his bronze medal performance. Pedro Ugarte /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lance Armstrong in 2010. Timothy A. Clary /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lance Armstrong, seen here at a LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride in October 2012, might be willing to confess to doping — in exchange for an easing of his lifetime ban, according to reports. Cooper Neill/Getty Images hide caption

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Former cyclist Scott Mercier has gained notoriety for refusing to go on a doping program 15 years ago. Here, Mercier (in blue jersey) rides just ahead of cyclist Chris Horner in 1997. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images hide caption

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Lance Armstrong competes in the Ironman Panama 70.3. triathlon in Panama City, Panama. Arnulfo Franco/AP hide caption

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Lance Armstrong, wearing the yellow jersey that identifies the leader in the Tour de France, during the race in 2003. He won that year and six other times. Joel Saget /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, on July 6, 2010. Armstrong said Thursday he is finished fighting charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career. Christophe Ena/AP hide caption

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