(Corrects fourth-place finisher in 2000 race to Abraham Olano in final paragraph.)
Lance Armstrong returned the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, almost eight months after the International Olympic Committee voided his result and asked for it back following his admission that he cheated throughout his career.
Armstrong yesterday posted a photo of the medal on Twitter while announcing that it was in the possession of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
“I can confirm that the United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney,” Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based body, said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC.”
The IOC, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, in January stripped Armstrong of the medal he won in the cycling time trial and asked him to return the medal. The decision was announced the same day that an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in which Armstrong said he used performance-enhancing drugs while winning each of his record seven Tour de France titles.
The fourth-place finisher in the race was Abraham Olano of Spain.
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