Olympic Committee asks Armstrong to return his 2000 bronze medal
Lance Armstrong is seen with his bronze medal in 2000.
January 17th, 2013
08:13 AM ET

Olympic Committee asks Armstrong to return his 2000 bronze medal

The International Olympic Committee has stripped Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, an IOC spokesman said Thursday. The committee has told Armstrong to return it.

That news came on the day when the first part of Armstrong's 2 1/2-hour interview airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network and the Internet Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

While Winfrey has not released details of exactly what Armstrong said in the recorded interview, she appeared to confirm media reports Tuesday that the former seven-time Tour de France champion admits doping and lying about it.

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  1. SLC

    Can you prove, without a doubt, that he was doping then, during that time? How many other athletes and cyclists were doping at that time? Are you requiring them to hand in their medals? This whole witch hunt is insane and ridiculous, particularly in a sport that is riddled with dopers. How hypocritical can this whole thing get? It's a self-induced sucking chest wound.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • couldn't agree

      more.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      The IOC can strip you of a medal in the record books for a lot of reasons, including that a single one of your teammates doped. They can do it because you lied about something that didn't even directly impact on the event you won too. The athletes know this before they compete. If Armstrong doesn't give the medal back it doesn't prevent them from stripping him of the honor/win in the record books. He'd probably owe some money too and sponsors who gave him cash as a result of his Olympic win would be after that too.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Nacke

      I also agree with you. Good post!!!

      January 17, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      Are you that clueless? He lied. He cheated. He threatened people. He threw his team mates, family and friends under the bus. Guess you have no problem with that.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sam Houston

    Should they have to ask for it???

    January 17, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kaz

    Over 50 killed, including many westerners..after kidnapping in Algeria following France troops activity in Mali ...BREAKING NEWS AROUND THE WORLD...and this is CNN version of BREAKING NEWS? !!!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Boo

      Are you that lazy? Serve around the site before you get your knickers in a twist.....

      January 17, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Beahive

      Mr or Mrs Boo. When our comment is about " Breaking News" , it means the first, front line on the CNn site with the yellow headline. I guess a kindergarten child will notice that. Sorry

      January 17, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. washington hispanic

    is this breaking news? does cnn has something against Amstrong?

    January 17, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SCBAMA

      If it is because of cheating they should be looking at Barry O and his stint at Havard.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kobe Bryant

    IOC and their publicity stunt... pathetic.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Go Lance

    SLC – I totally agree with you!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joke

    This is unbelievable, are they seriously taking it this far. EVERYONE WHO CYCLED WAS DOPING, But obviously a person who's rich and won has to throw everything away because he doped when everyone else did to. I would understand if Armstrong was the only one doping, thats acceptable. But why dont these imbeciles ban the rest of the people for doping as well.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      Everyone who was cycling was NOT doping. That fact aside, everyone who was cycling did not go on vendettas against anyone and everyone who questioned them. Everyone who was cycling did not coerce and threaten new riders into doping. Everyone who was cycling didn't pay millions of dollars to try to cover things up.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Chau

      Everyone was doping? That is a serious charge. Do you have proof or just spouting a generalizations?

      January 17, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      Pereiro, Contador, Sastre, Schleck, Pantani, Ullrich, Indurain all have a history of doping.
      I want all the dopers to pay!!!! Lets look at other sports too!

      January 17, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Hilarious...

      Ekimov and Jan Ulrich with him. Only person not doping in that photo was the photographer!

      January 17, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kobe Bryant

    oh well, it's either this or the football player with fake girlfriend.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dave

    I bet he wouldn't have to return it if he was African American.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. dc

    If anything comes out of this it should be that worldly possessions aren't worth the price of disgracing yourself!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      He's still a millionaire...

      January 17, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Get Real

    80% of the sport has been doping since the mid 90's. The other 20% didn't know how to. All cycling history from about 1993 needs to be erased. He won because no one doped better than him. Lamond is the last none doping winner!!!!!
    THE SPORT IS RUINED!!!!

    January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe he should ask the NRA for moral support: after all, they support liars and cheats all the time, and engage in intimidation as well. Sounds like a perfect match.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Siestasis

    Liar and a cheat – case closed.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LostinSLC

      Funny, I don't see MLB asking Sosa for anything back.....is he not as guilty?

      January 17, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • winterhawk

      And I bet you have always lived your life to perfection with the highest moral values. And have never sinned in any way.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. LOL

    Yeah...they need to take it from him and give it to the guy who came in 4 seconds later who wasn't accused of doping (but probably was).

    January 17, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. hari kari

    Commit hari kari would be the best solution

    January 17, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
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