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IOC unsatisfied with Armstrong interview

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Phew, the national, nay world, nightmare is over: Lance Armstrong has finally admitted to doping and sport, as a whole, is pure. Also, no, and we may not be done with Armstrong, either.

IOC vice president Thomas Bach told the Associated Press after Armstrong’s interview aired Thursday that he was happy to finally have an admission after years of anti-doping investigations, but that talking to Oprah simply isn’t enough.

“If he thinks this interview would help him get credibility back, I think this is too little, too late,” Bach said. “It’s a first step in the right direction, but no more. If he really loves his sport and wants to regain at least some credibility, then he should tell the whole truth.”

The IOC would like Armstrong to state his case in a testimony under oath to the IOC, World-Anti Doping Agency, and International Cycling Union and provide all the evidence at his disposal “so that we can bring an end to this dark episode and move forward, stronger and cleaner,” according to a statement from the IOC.

“We have no new facts — not a single new fact going beyond the USADA report,” Bach added. “I still hope for a full inquiry, but in general, you have to consider the anti-doping system since then has changed very much for the better.”

Christie Rampone not at fitness level to compete for Olympic spot

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Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.

Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.

The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.

“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.

The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).

The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.

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Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers star in Fandango’s ‘I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition’

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NBC Olympics and Fandango partnered for Fandango’s “I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition,” featuring swimming gold medalists Ryan LochteMissy Franklin and Matt Grevers, among other Olympians and Paralympians.

Leading up to the Rio Games, NBC Olympics and Fandango plan to release episodes with dozens of athletes from gymnastics, track and field, diving, basketball rugby and Paralympic events.

Watch Lochte’s short film above and Franklin and Grevers reveal their favorite movies below.

Lochte, Franklin and Grevers will look to qualify for the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Trials in Omaha from June 26-July 3, with broadcast coverage on NBC Sports.

MORE: Full NBC Olympic trials broadcast schedule