Chaunté Lowe’s 2008 Olympic medal ceremony (video)

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In a moment nine years overdue, high jumper Chaunté Lowe had an Olympic medal draped around her neck and received a standing ovation.

It didn’t happen at an Olympic Stadium, but at the recent Team USA Awards, which aired on NBC on Saturday night.

Lowe, a four-time Olympian and mother of three, earned her first Olympic medal in 2008 but did not receive it until last month.

Her original sixth-place result from the Beijing Games was upgraded due to doping from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.

The athletes were retroactively disqualified following retests of their 2008 doping samples last year. They all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol.

The Team USA Awards ceremony honored not only Lowe but also husband Mario and their three children, JasmineAurora and M.J. 

Lowe had Jasmine one year before the Beijing Olympics. Aurora and M.J. were born after Beijing, in 2011 and 2013.

“I am frequently asked how much I have lost by receiving this medal nine years later,” Lowe said in her acceptance speech. “Honestly, I can’t answer that question because my heart is so full with all that has been gained.”

Lowe, 33, competed at the last four Olympics. She was fourth in Rio. She’s going for one more Games in Tokyo in 2020.

“I still want to be on that podium,” she said.

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U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe wins 2008 Olympic bronze medal

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U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe won an Olympic bronze medal, nine years after finishing sixth at her competition.

Lowe’s result from Beijing 2008 was upgraded due to doping from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.

The medal is being sent from the International Olympic Committee and will be presented to Lowe at a special ceremony, details to be announced, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

“It’s easy to look at this situation and think about all that was lost, but I choose to look forward to all that was gained,” Lowe said in a press release. “In the last nine years, I have met amazing new people, my husband and I have had two additional children, and all three of our kids can now understand the gravity of this moment. I am proud to have represented this country with integrity that withstood the test of time!”

Retests of doping samples from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers (two Russians and a Ukrainian) all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol in results announced last year.

Lowe, 33, competed at the last four Olympics. She was fourth in Rio.

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American who finished sixth set for bronze medal

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U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe is one step closer to receiving a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics, even though she originally finished sixth in Beijing.

Original bronze medalist Anna Chicherova of Russia, who was retroactively disqualified last October for failing a retest of a 2008 doping sample for an anabolic steroid, had her appeal of the DQ dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In all, doping samples from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers (two Russians and a Ukrainian) all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol in results announced last year.

Chicherova’s bronze medal has been stripped but has not yet been reallocated by the International Olympic Committee.

Chicherova also won the 2012 Olympic title, a gold medal that is not affected by her 2008 doping.

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