A legend crashes and burns in 'The Armstrong Lie'
Ultimately, Gibney's film probes deeper than Armstrong's flaws; it's careful to point out that drug use is widespread among professional cyclists (and in other pro sports, too — just ask Barry Bonds), who are surrounded by an insular, high-stakes culture that encourages it. The sports world lives and dies by the next world record or superhuman achievement. Is it any wonder that elite athletes seek out that extra competitive edge? And that Armstrong would believe he had the power to rearrange reality to keep his victories intact? *
THE ARMSTRONG LIE opens Fri/15 in Bay Area theaters.