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Nat Geo to dissect Lance Armstrong doping scandal

National Geographic Channel in the U.S. is launching Cycling High: Doping to Win, a special that will explore the science and scheming behind Lance Armstrong's doping scandal.
April 1, 2013

National Geographic Channel (NGC) in the U.S. is launching Cycling High: Doping to Win, a special that will explore the science and scheming behind Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal.

Produced by Peacock Productions, the one-hour special airs on April 21 at 7 p.m. EST/PST, and uses infographics, recreations, archival footage and new interviews to tell the story of the cyclist’s downfall. Cycling High will premiere internationally in 171 countries and 38 languages in the spring.

The special, guided by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, pieces together the doping plot, and includes interviews with experts Dr. Chris Cooper, Wall Street Journal reporter Reed Albergotti, New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, and former professional cyclist Stephen Swart. The doc will also detail how Armstrong and his teammates avoided detection.

Armstrong endured a public and professional fallout after a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency alleged that he’d been doping throughout his career. He was then given a lifetime ban on competing  professionally. After spending a considerable period of time denying the doping allegations, he finally confessed to them in a ratings-winning interview with Oprah Winfrey.

JC Mills is the executive producer for NGC, while Benjamin Ringe and Knute Walker serve as exec producers for Peacock Productions.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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