Lance Armstrong Gives Back Olympic Bronze Medal After Doping Confession
Lance Armstrong's trophy case is a little emptier today. The disgraced cyclist, who admitted earlier this year to doping throughout his career, tweeted this week that he had given back the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
"The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap to @olympics," the 41-year-old athlete announced on Thursday, Sept. 12. He also included a photo of the award in question.
Credit: courtesy of Lance Armstrong
A spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed that the medal had been returned. "The United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney," Patrick Sandusky tweeted. "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."
The loss of his Olympic bronze is just the latest consequence of Armstrong's doping scandal. Late last year, he was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles and barred from future competitions for life.
"I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times," the former golden boy told Oprah Winfrey in January. "I know the truth. The truth isn't what was out there. The truth isn't what I said...I'm a flawed character, as I well know. All the fault and all the blame here falls on me."