Body language expert and researcher Patti Wood says she found cyclist Lance Armstrong 'unsettling' while watching him during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that was broadcast Thursday. (Jan. 18)
SHOTLIST:SOURCE - RESTRICTION: AP Television - AP Clients OnlyLocation - Date: DECATUR, Georgia - Jan. 171. SOUNDBITE: Patti Wood, body language expert"I call the mouth the window to the truth. Over twelve times in the first hour of the Oprah interview as Lance responds to questions he presses his lips together tightly indicating to me that he's holding part of the truth back. He's holding back information. Also, I saw him _ over twenty times _ block with his hand up over his mouth often with curled-over fingers, sometimes again with the fist indicating his anger at Oprah for asking particular questions. That covering of the mouth is significant in both the fact that this was supposed to be an interview about him opening up _ so you should see open body language and the amount of times he actually did it _ once in isolation makes sense considering the stress of the interview but to do it over and over and over again makes it clear to me he was blocking, he didn't want to reveal all, he didn't want to be humble.2. SOUNDBITE: Wood: Overall I didn't see him being humble. I saw him holding his body language up which shows pride and victory. I also heard in his power language very little fluidity in his responses _ lots of hesitation, lots of stuttering _ that indicated he was holding information back or being deceitful.3. SOUNDBITE: Wood: He also gave this eerie smile and often a smirk as she questioned him about his doping expertise and what he had accomplished, showing me that he was actually secretly proud of what he did. Really unsettling. 4. Various of wood watching Oprah Winfrey interview Lance ArmstrongSTORYLINE:Body language expert and researcher Patti Wood says cyclist Lance Armstrong unsettled he during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, broadcast Thursday Jan. 17. "He also gave this eerie smile and often a smirk as she questioned him about his doping expertise and what he had accomplished, showing me that he was actually secretly proud of what he did," said Wood.The former Tour de France cyclist admitted to cheating with performance enhancing drugs throughout his career during the first half of the interview Thursday night. A second part is to air Friday.By publically admitting that he doped during his professional cycling career, Armstrong potentially opened himself up to a stream of litigation: the possible reopening of a criminal investigation by the U.S. Government and an ongoing whistleblower lawsuit filed against him by former teammate Floyd Landis.