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Lance Armstrong Is Most Disliked Athlete of 2013: Notrer Dame's Manti Te'o Second Most Disliked [VIDEO]

By Jesse Lent | February 08, 2013 02:32 PM EST

Lance Armstrong tops list of most disliked athletes of 2013.
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Lance Armstrong is the most disliked athlete of 2013, according to a Nielsen/E-Poll of America's 10 most disliked athletes, with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o coming in a close second.

The two most disliked athletes of 2013 both appeal to a mere 15 percent of the public, according to the poll.

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Other athletes on the list include Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods.

A seven-time Tour de France winner, Armstrong was stripped of his titles last fall, when it was revealed he had been using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The cyclist went on Oprah Winfrey's new television program last month where he admitted to doping throughout his career, calling his story of triumphing over testicular cancer "one big lie."

"I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people," Armstrong told Winfrey.


The appearance made the public dislike the athlete more, according to Senior Vice President of Sports at Nielsen Stephen Master.

"The Oprah interview hurt him; he came off as pompous, arrogant and unapologetic," Master told the Los Angeles Times.

Master also weighed in on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's second place ranking on the list of most disliked athletes of 2013. Te'o attempted to get publicity during the college football season by claiming his girlfriend had died of cancer.

It turns out Te'o had never met the deceased woman.

"The story was just so creepy," Master said. "And even when he knew he'd been duped he stuck with the story for a while, and he'd told people he had met the woman in person."

Yet the nation's two most disliked athletes of 2013 are still more popular than members of the U.S. Congress, a Gallup poll taken last month tracked the American people's approval of Congress at 14 percent.

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