Lance Armstrong returns 2000 Olympic bronze medal to USOC

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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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