Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee finally decided to give up the ghost and recently returned his tainted 2000 bronze medal, per their wishes.
Armstrong tweeted about it this afternoon:
The United State Olympic Committee confirmed the medal had been given to them moments later:
I can confirm that The United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The International Olympic Committee and the USOC had previously requested that the medal be returned. The USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC.
This past Sunday, newly appointed IOC president Thomas Bach hinted he would like the medal returned, something Armstrong didn’t appear willing to do though had a change of heart after the request.
What happens the medal now is unknown, though, it is possible the IOC will potentially award it to the fourth place victor Alberto Contador, though considering his own doping issues, that seems unlikely.
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