Lance Armstrong has already lost his seven Tour de France titles, been fired by everyone from Nike to his own cancer charity, and been systematically deleted from the hearts and minds of his fans. The only thing that seems to be missing is a small kid shouting, “Say it ain’t so, Lance.”
Now all the disgraced cyclist has left is the yellow jerseys he recently Tweeted himself lounging under, and an Olympic medal from the Sydney Games.
Well not so fast there, Lance. The IOC is thinking about ignoring it’s own eight-year statute of limitations on revoking medals and changing results in order to take back the road cycling bronze Armstrong won in 2000. The executive board will discuss the matter at a meeting in Switzerland next week.
“The board is following a zero-tolerance policy on doping,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach told the AP.
The IOC might demand the medal’s return next week, but is more likely to wait until after the International Cycling Union officially notifies Armstrong about the loss of his seven TdF titles.
Armstrong’s loss of his medal seems imminent at this point. The only thing really holding the IOC back is that pesky eight-year statute of limitations, but the IOC is hoping they can legally prove that it doesn’t apply in this case, if only to “get this one behind us.”
“USADA and the UCI went outside the eight-year limit on the basis that the statute simply doesn’t apply if you have broken the law,” Australian IOC member John Coates told a national newspaper. “So I imagine our lawyer will see if that applies with us.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.