AUSTIN (KXAN) - The sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air Thursday night could be step one in the process of restoring Lance Armstrong's once-pristine image, a public relations expert says.
"I think Oprah's going to come right out at the front of the interview and ask him for the admission," said Jeff Hahn of Hahn of Texas Public Relations. "I think he has to talk about the nature of the sport, the pressure that he was under. He was a young man."
The interview took place Monday at an Austin hotel. Hahn said Armstrong;s challenge was to express humiliation and regret.
"He's been superhuman for all of these years and it's so incredible. It's a moment for him to be regular guy," said Hahn.
And that's what many people in Austin who have followed the cyclists career -- from cancer survivor to seven-time Tour de France winner to embattled celebrity.
"Bottom line, I think Oprah's going to bring him to God," said Katie Visco, an avid cyclist.
Added Delia Castillo: "I think it's time for honesty and people will respect it. I will respect it. There's a lot of love for him here, and a lot of support for the good things he's done."
And that reservoir of goodwill can go a long way to the restoration of Armstrong's image
"Think of all the amazing things he's done just in Austin," said Visco, "The bike trail, I use it every single day. And things he's done for cancer patients; to establish that organization. It's fabulous."
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