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Livestrong Foundation, Austinites react to Armstrong apology

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Bombshell after bombshell… Lance Armstrong reveals all. Now the fall-out from supporters here in Austin and where Livestrong goes from here.

In 1999 the City of Austin shut down Congress Avenue, draped it in yellow and held a parade. It was a hero's welcome. Lance Armstrong had won the Tour de France for the second time.

Then the cancer survivor floored us all and rode to five more victories.

Last night, he confessed on the Oprah Winfrey Network, to using performance enhancing drugs to win--every time.

The apology didn't work on everyone.

"People make mistakes, human beings are flawed," said cyclist Brian Beadle.

"It's been a little disappointing since he's been such a role model for younger kids and other athletes," said Caite Irvine.

Friday "lying cheat" was scribbled across a Lance Armstrong Bikeway sign near Lady Bird Lake. Some feel it may be time to take his name down.

"We never want to send the message to youth that you're rewarded in any kind of way from cheating or not being honest and I'm afraid that that's what we do if we continue to hold him in such high esteem," said former professional athlete Stoney Clark.

Those working to continue what Armstrong started at the Livestrong Foundation are also responding to the revelations.

"I have my own anger about Lance. I feel betrayed personally," said Mark McKinnon, Livestrong board member.

He says donors are sticking by the foundation which shed the Armstrong name years ago to stand on its own. Nike is also keeping its sponsorship. McKinnon is confident they will survive this.

"All those people who've been helped believe in the mission and the foundation. Sometimes imperfect things create something that's lasting and meaningful," he said.

Friday night Armstrong will address Livestrong in the second portion of the interview with Oprah.

McKinnon will be watching.

"I need to see it. I need to see what he has to say and I'm anxious to see what he has to say about the foundation," he said.

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