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Lance Armstrong yet to return stripped Olympic bronze medal

Sep 9, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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Lance Armstrong, the International Olympic Committee wants its medal back.

The disgraced cyclist hasn’t given back the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, eight months after the IOC stripped him of it and ordered its return.

“We still do not have the medal back,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach said during the IOC’s session Monday, according to Reuters. “We will continue to work with the United States Olympic Committee to get this medal back as requested in our decision.

“This (the IOC’s January) decision has been communicated to Mr. Armstrong and the USOC. This decision has not been appealed neither by Mr. Armstrong, nor by the USOC and what we are lacking, sadly, is getting back the medal. Legally the case for the IOC is closed.”

Armstrong, a three-time Olympian, was stripped of his only Olympic medal three months after the International Cycling Union took away his record seven Tour de France titles from 1999-2005.

Armstrong finished third in the time trial at the 2000 Olympics, behind one of his longtime U.S. Postal Service Team members, Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov, and German rival Jan Ullrich.

According to court documents, another stripped Tour winner, Floyd Landis, said Ekimov received blood transfusions with other USPS team members during the 2004 Tour de France.

In June, Ullrich admitted to blood doping during his career but has not been stripped of his 1997 Tour de France title.

“I am no better than Armstrong, but no worse either,” Ullrich said.

The fourth-place finisher from that 2000 Olympic time trial, Spain’s Abraham Olano, was fired from his technical director role with the Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour in July after his name came up in French senate report of cyclists who doped in the 1998 Tour de France.

The fifth-place finisher from that race, France’s Laurent Jalabert, acknowledged a positive drug test from the 1998 Tour de France in July.

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  1. mogogo1 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I doubt he ever gives it back. And, surely, they don’t take somebody’s used medal and send it along to somebody else, do they? I know people have lost medals in the past and gotten new ones made.

  2. shanaldo - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    This guy is a liar…and he should be MADE to give it back, and profusely apologize. I am willing to bet it would be melted down and remade into a new bronze medal for future Olympics. His attempt at a masterful lie was a scam…and some of us knew it YEARS ago. He has disgraced biking, the United States and himself.


    • kehnn13 - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Did you notice that every one of the top 5 from that Olympics has either admitted or been implicated for doing the same thing. Why haven’t any of the others been requested to give back their medals?

    • henryd3rd - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      The angst, the anger and the tone of your writing leaves me a little unsure of your true feelings. Would you mind telling me how you really feel?

  3. kungfubowler - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Doping is part of the sport. The governing body has known this and reaped the benefits all the while.

  4. jcorbintcl - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    This is ridiculous that it is still in the headlines. Cycling was (and probably still is) dirty and many made millions off of it. Now the officials are outraged because they were ineffective at preventing it if they even tried. The bottom line is that he lied, but the vast majority of cyclists during that period were all doing it…does that not make it an even playing field? It doesn’t make it right but EVERYONE should have to give up their winnings just like different groups are attempting to make Armstrong do.

    The organizations that are suing Armstrong for the return of his sponsorship monies need to just go away. They reaped the benefits of using him when he was on top and now, if they kept quiet, no one would even know who his sponsors were outside of the relatively small cycling community. These sponsors were not harmed yet did receive the benefits they paid for.

  5. seanb20124 - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Did Marion Jones have to return her medals?

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