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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His denials through the years  His denials through the years

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Joe

    How can a person sleep at night knowing their whole life is built on a lie? Armstrong and Madoff are cut from the same cloth.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • winterhawk

      As is most if not all in politics.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ram

    He is a cheat, makes Ben Johnson look like a child. Needs to go out of the radar.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Teo

    Fraud, lying is never in vogue.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Seven years of crushing the dreams of honest athletes (what few remained). What a symbol of hope for patients with cancer (sarcasm). At this point, I wouldn't put it past him if the whole "I almost died from testicular cancer" story is a fraud

    January 17, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. conradshull

    Wonder where the cycling world would be if all dopers were taken out of consideration? Anybody left?

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

      Yeah. the guys in the back of the race will now be in the front.

      January 17, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      Both of them Chau......How much has Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa been forced to give back

      January 17, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Colt45

      This is the KEY argument. Bicycling has been the most doped sport in history. Don't condone what Lance did, but is was SO commonplace.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Timothy

    He won't return it. Texans do not play by the same rules as the rest of us.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • winterhawk

      You are truly a complete fool.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. mm

    As he should return them. Too bad he robbed the careers of the men who actually would have won the Tour medals – cleanly, without doping.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    He should give it back. The sad thing is that the person in 4th, who should have won it and may now get it more than a dozen yeasrs later, will also have a tainted meday and may well have been robbed of the reward deserved for his hard work.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Beahive

    Why people in this country are soo shocked about this liar? Isn't this a country full of liars?. Judges, lawyers, politicians, etc...get away with lies. Therefore, It should not surprise anyone when someone lies in order to get what he wants.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. jaana

    is there any proof other than what other people have said? is there any blood evidence or anything.. not up on it that's all wondering if this is all persecution by accusation with no backing.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rina

      Yes, there is lots of evidence. Google the whole story. Read about how he went after people who testified against him, ruining their lives, using his power to blacklist them, make them lose their jobs, their homes and incomes. He won millions in libel suits. He needs to pay all this back and have his medal taken away. He needs to make amends.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cale

    If he has to give back the medals are they gonna take all of the medals of the former East German athletes that all doped!?! No, so get over it. The IOC is a fraud in itself, messing with athletes year after year. And the Olympics are not what they used to be it is a joke

    January 17, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. josephavellino

    After all of this, he only won a bronze? wow

    January 17, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    He probably wasn't juiced up during the Olympics, that is why he only won the bronze.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bill in VA

    Let him keep the Bronze. Getting the bronze instead of gold is probably what led him to doping. 😉

    January 17, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Beware

    While every one is joining the Lets Beat up on Lance bandwagon, remember what this guy has done on the positive side. SHAME ON YOU ALL! Let only those that are without sin cast the first stone! Hypocrites! I don't care that he doped or not. But in order for others to win, he must be destroyed. He'll come out of this one and stronger, he is a winner.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnjon

      you don't get it.......... you just don't get it.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Lance, is that you?

      January 17, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ranman

      Are you for real? He got rich off of lying for years, hurting innocent people, ingratiating himself for years. He should feel really bad...

      January 17, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Rina

      Beware – apparently you are delusional. God tells us to forgive, that's true. And a lot of people will with time. The wounds are deep right now. The thing that gets me with him is the fact that he sued people for slander and libel and won! He deliberately went after the people who testified against him using his power and influence. One couple who testified and TOLD THE TRUTH lost everything they had. She was blacklisted by the cycling group, he lost his job, they lost their home, endured people ostracizing them and basically were ruined. I was watching an interview with them the other night and it was heartbreaking. To go after someone like that is the lowest thing he did. He ruined lives and made millions. Kind of outshadows anything positive he did. A shame.

      January 17, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
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