Uh, listen... I mean, I think we're at different points in our lives. I don't think, I know we are. And it was a great relationship. It was tough at times. I still think about her every day. Primarily now because of her health and hoping that everything works out. And I'm fully confident that it will.
Lance, you have a social consciousness about being a father, about cancer, about what's going on in the world. Do you think the cancer thing is a lifetime mission, or can you see yourself branching off into other interests as well as social things?
I hope it's not a lifelong mission. I think that we'll make baby steps along the way. With research, sometimes therapies come along that benefit multiple types of cancer. But there's not a silver bullet. We're gonna have to chip away at this thing. So, yeah, there will be other things that come along that get my attention. This summer I'll be hosting the ESPYs, for example. It's something new and different, and I never would have thought I'd do that. An athlete's never done it. It's the Oscars of sports. And to be the Billy Crystal – there's a lot of pressure.
You're not gonna sing, are you?
I'm not opposed to anything. I won't dance. But that's it.
After the ESPYs, do you want to take a more active role in sportscasting?
Probably not. I don't know. I mean, we have this relationship with Discovery Channel – they sponsor the cycling team – and it looks as if we're going to do a documentary this year on cancer and the whole process and what's wrong with it and how we can fix it, and I'll host it. That's much more interesting to me than covering the Tour de France.
Did you watch the Winter Olympics?
Were you aware of the drama of Bode Miller?
Yeah, but through the paper. I was aware of Bode because of comments he's made about himself and his partying.
Were you surprised he flamed out?
Listen, I'm not a fan. He attacked me, and it's hard to be a fan when you get attacked personally.
What did he say?
He said something in Rolling Stone that got picked up everywhere that said these guys are clearly cheating, Barry Bonds and Armstrong. He said something like, "Lance can almost be excused because he's in his room, the doctor comes in, hands him a handful of pills, he doesn't ask questions, he just takes the pills. But he's still cheating." Well, anybody who knows me knows that I ask questions about everything. I'm the question hound. So in hearing that, I don't know... I wanted to be a fan, but then you quickly become not a fan. He's such a rebel; I thought he'd raise his level and win big. I really think he's a gamer.
He's a gamer. But I think his head was about as screwed up as anything I've ever seen.
Yeah, and ultimately I don't think what he did was fair. I mean, look, doping isn't fair. But getting people to invest in your story, in your career... that's not fair if all we came away with in the end is somebody saying, "Yeah, but I partied at the Olympic level." And, you know, Bode can say all day long that he doesn't care about the media. But before the Olympics I saw him on probably 10 magazine covers, which you've got to stand for, pose for, get made up for, get dressed for...
Plus 60 Minutes.
Yeah, all that stuff. You know, if you don't care, tell them to write whatever story they want.
Do you think you're out of the doping business, in terms of people coming back and asking about it?
No, no, I'm not out of that. There are too many people. It's really become a story. Not so much for me. I mean, if it's Barry Bonds, if it's track and field...
It's now systemic to investigate world-class athletes.
Yeah, but you have a guy like [World Anti-Doping Agency chairman] Dick Pound – he absolutely hates me with a passion. He'll never let it die. He'll find a reason to investigate at some point.