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Lance Armstrong returns 2000 Olympic bronze medal to USOC

Sep 12, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

Lance Armstrong AP

The bronze medal from the 2000 Olympic men’s road cycling time trial is no longer owned by Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong tweeted a photo of the medal, saying it is back in the possession of the U.S. Olympic Committee (which is @USOlympic, not @USOlympics) and on the way to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.

The IOC is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

USOC chief communications officer Patrick Sandusky confirmed on Twitter that the USOC received the medal and made arrangements to return it to the IOC. The IOC and the USOC previously requested that the medal be returned.

Armstrong was stripped of the medal eight months ago after he admitted to doping during his cycling career. Armstrong won bronze in the 2000 Olympic time trial behind a gold medalist (Viatcheslav Ekimov) who was part of Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service Team at the Tour de France and a silver medalist (Jan Ullrich) who said he blood doped during his career.

Fourth-place Abraham Olano of Spain’s name came up in a French senate report of cyclists who doped in the 1998 Tour de France. Fifth-place Lauren Jalabert of France acknowledged a positive drug test from the same 1998 Tour in July.

The IOC has said the bronze medal will not be given to another cyclist.

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  1. BeEtLjOoZ - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Reblogged this on #LouisianaMultiverse.

  2. techmeister1 - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    So basically all of the top 5 finishers in the 2000 Olympics used PEDs and Armstrong is the only one who is punished and needs to return the bronze medal?

    What am I missing here?

  3. Nick Zaccardi - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Ullrich is the only one who admitted outside Lance, how Jalabert responded is up for debate, but he didn’t deny. But all at least implicated, yes. Granted Olano and Jalabert were 1998 Tour only as far as I’ve read. And Landis implicated Ekimov, but Landis didn’t join USPS until 2002.

  4. raysfan1 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    For me, the most ridiculous part of this is when people act like any of this is anything new. Even over 50 years ago, in 1960, Sports Illustrated published an article titled “Our Drug Happy Athletes.” In that article bicycle riders on the European racing circuit were cited as the heaviest performance enhancing drug users of all. An interesting aside is that their PED of choice back then was cocaine.

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