This was the year that Lance Armstrong admitted to doing what most people has already assumed he'd been doing for years: cheating. And in October, the former seven-time Tour de France winner (now stripped of those titles) also became the subject of a documentary, The Armstrong Lie, that is already being talked about for the Oscars. That film is currently showing at Chez Artiste in Denver and will be highlighted as part of a special screening on December 26 in Telluride (get details on the next page). But the movie has an interesting Colorado connection, as well.
As Westword's Chris Utterback wrote in a blog post earlier this month, "Few people can claim to know Lance Armstrong in the same way as Jonathan Vaughters, a cyclist and native Coloradan who became Armstrong's friend, teammate -- and eventually, his enemy. Now, the CEO of Slipstream Sports is featured in" the movie.
You can read Utterback's full Q&A with Vaughters in, "Colorado Cyclist Jonathan Vaughters dishes on The Armstrong Lie, doping and Lance."
And as for the film itself, you catch it on December 26 at the Telluride premiere at the historic Sheridan Opera House, courtesy of Mountainfilm, a local nonprofit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, go to mountainfilm.org.
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