Lance Armstrong and the uses of enchantment

Juliet Macur of the New York Times wanted the fairy tale to continue.


Article ReprintYE Ode to Sports

Macur, a sportswriter looking back at 2013 on her beat, called out Lance Armstrong in Tuesday’s Times for blowing a “perfect opportunity to apologize for perpetuating a fairy tale that had been built on lies.” The fairy tale was that during the years Armstrong was the world’s greatest bicyclist he was pharmaceutically pristine: “He was the guy who said that he would be crazy to put drugs into his body after surviving cancer. . . . He was the guy who said that he would never do anything to jeopardize the faith that millions of people had in him. . . . He would never dope, he told the public again and again.”

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