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Just saw an awesome interview on NPR - Charlie Rose w/Lance!(17 posts)

Just saw an awesome interview on NPR - Charlie Rose w/Lance!jtferraro
Oct 14, 2003 8:30 PM
Anybody see it? It was one of the best Lance interviews I've seen.

re: Just saw an awesome interview on NPR - Charlie Rose w/Lance!MaRider
Oct 14, 2003 8:57 PM
I saw it!
I just loved the graphics they ran below his shot during the interview "Lance Armstrong, author". Yeah, author!

I caught it by surprise and both liked and hated it. I knew Armstrong was a bit rough, but I could never understand why so many people thought he was a jerk, after this interview I at least understand it. Some comments seemed dishonest to me. He was disrespecting Ullrich and his team with some of his comments, which were similar to the ones he made on OLN, but he seemed more calculated and disingenious. Perhaps he was less prepared for this interview, but it also seemed quite clear that he would rather break up his family than risk even a 1% chance of losing his 6th TdF. We are all cyclists here, and all are overly competitive sometimes, but I think we would have all made a different choice. But that's what makes champions, too bad three kids have to suffer like he did growing up without a father.

What started it for me is the comment about the bike messenger in Central park who could easily keep up with Lance. Reminded me of his example of an old lady on a mountain bike passing Lance after he was trying to get back into biking after recovering from cancer. Come on Lance, your lifestory would sound so much better if you didn't have to make it sooo overly melodramatic. Just be a humble guy and admit that Ullrich has his own problems, and not just mental, that he may not be the most talented rider, and that he had taken risk at that treacherous corner while being fully warned by his teammates because he knew that was something he HAD to do in order to get some shot at winning TdF, Lance would have done EXACTLY the same thing if he was down by a minute in the time trial in the rain, and we would have been all over his heroic "crash" if it was Lance. I am rooting for Ullrich next year, or better yet Vino. Ok, maybe it's not all so bad and I wish Lance good luck on his quest for 6th, but could he be more honest with his fans next time?
Dude, where do you get off juding him?eschelon
Oct 15, 2003 6:02 AM
What's this stuff about his kids suffering? I have known plenty of families where both the mother and father are around the kids all the time, yet the kids end up f-up due to bad parenting. Marriages don't break up because of this or that...that's the typical cop-out crap people kid themselves on...marriages break up because it wasn't meant to be...two people who thought they loved each other enough to work past the problems simply couldn't over the long was the love issue...if you really love someone, the problems are nothing compared to simply loving and being with that person.

And this whole thing about how it is disrespectful for Lance to continue on about Ullrich not waiting...well, than you also must think Tyler H. is a disengenuous dick too...because even Mr. Nice Guy Tyler thought everyone wasn't waiting much so that he had to put himself into the red with a broken collar bone to get ahead of the guys and actually signal to all of them to slow down. Tyler may be on another team...but clearly, he doesn't leave any ambiguities when it comes to being a good sport doing the right thing.
Yeah, one of the best... Pitching "Seconds Count"...spyderman
Oct 14, 2003 9:23 PM
A full hour with Charlie, not too many people get a full hour... Charlie always gets people to talk about things they normally wouldn't.

I loved the story Lance told about after the musset-bag crash stage! How he had his helo take him down to the tour bus, and how the team greeted him...etc! Just electric!!! Almost felt like you were on the bus... I don't think this story is in his new book...
Yup, that bus story was amazing - "How ya' like me now?" =) (nm)jtferraro
Oct 15, 2003 4:25 AM
24hrs later, still gives me goose bumps :)))spyderman
Oct 15, 2003 9:40 PM
To get a behind the scenes glimpse into the USPS team... Just WOW!!!
re: Just saw an awesome interview on NPR - Charlie Rose w/Lance!gf101
Oct 15, 2003 3:23 AM
Is this interview going 2b replayed?
I think during this week, at noon. (nm)jtferraro
Oct 15, 2003 4:26 AM
"Saw" and interview on NPR (National Public Radio?)Milliet
Oct 15, 2003 4:40 AM
A search on does not reveal any such interview. What NPR are you talikng about? Do they have a web site...text transscripts? Where do you live?

PBS, not NPR.theBreeze
Oct 15, 2003 6:45 AM
Charlie Rose has interviewed Lance before, but not for full hour I think.

Rose is a GREAT interviewer and I love his show. Makes all the regular network people look like the brainless hacks they really are. He interviews to get good information and discussion, and not just sensational soundbites; and he knows that just being confrontational does not make a good interview. I know of no other regular television person who can so KNOWLEDGEBLY interview such a diverse range of guests, sports figures, muscians of all varieties, movie, theater, politians, scientists, he dose it all. As a female I don't know which I find more attractive, the great smile or his brain!
Oops, sorry! Yeah, I meant PBS - (nm)jtferraro
Oct 15, 2003 7:47 AM
Really good.djg
Oct 15, 2003 6:10 AM
I just stumbled on the last 40 minutes or so while putting the remote through its paces. Definitely one of the better interviews of an athlete I've seen in quite a while.
I was hoping this would come up...funknuggets
Oct 15, 2003 6:29 AM
I think Charlie Rose was a terrible interviewer last night. Not only was his research a bit wrong, so Lance continually had to correct him... he interrupted time after time and didn't really give Lance a chance to really answer several questions. I could tell by the end of the interview that Lance was getting tired of it.

I think Lance actually was pretty genuine. I think when he talked about his relationship with his family, he was definitely emotional and had a difficult time coming up with words.

I agree he might of glossed over the Ullrich situation. He has always given Ullrich the "most gifted" rider status. But he was not able to "see" Ullrich outside of the video and what Tyler said, so I think he is doing the right thing by not exactly calling Jan out. But Jan knows and most of the cycling world knows. He did eventually slow down, and we all know the results... so I think Lance is doing right by just letting a sleeping dog lie. It is the media that keeps pulling it back.

I was interested in Lance's take on what he needs to do to get back into 2001 form. He seemed almost hesitant to be a psycho... Interesting, almost like the effort and sacrifice are too much. Did anyone else pick up on that?

I also saw Leno and Letterman. Both were pathetic. But then again, we cant expect them to know everything about the sport and cycling tradition and history.

You can go to the Lance Armstrong webpage, and go to monthly schedule of apperances and you will see Charlie Rose and just click on the hyperlink to get to it.

Charlie Rose always interrupts.djg
Oct 15, 2003 10:19 AM
Constantly. With everybody. With shy guests his "interviews" tend to be hard to distinguish from monologues.

Still, I thought that Lance did a very good job of making himself heard and that, for all of Rose's mistakes, there was quite a bit of interesting material that came out.
re: Just saw an awesome interview on NPR - Charlie Rose w/Lance!ukiahb
Oct 15, 2003 6:44 AM
FWIW you can buy a tape at
or hopefully that interview will be archived in real audio format in a few days....archives are at the site too
Terrible interviewer. Charlie didn't wait for Lance to answer...Bruno S
Oct 15, 2003 8:39 AM
There were several very important questions that Lance wanted to answer in detail (like the situation/future of US Pro cycling) and Charlie Rose interrupted to ask the next question. The interview was OK but I believe Lance was prepared to say much more if not constantly interrupted.
re: Just saw an awesome interview on NPR - Charlie Rose w/Lance!mapei boy
Oct 15, 2003 1:34 PM
I agree. A fine interview. Lance revealed himself, flaws and all. Even the moments where Lance tried to dissemble still revealed the man inside. As for Charlie, himself, yes he can be maddening at times, but it's still easy to overlook the whispering, the table thumping, and the buttering-up he often engages in. He gets a fascinating array of guests, and he gets them to talk. He knows it's easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar. It should be said, too, that even though Rose does his share of interrupting, he still interrupts his guests far less than any other interviewer.