IOC Asks Lance Armstrong To Return Olympic Bronze Medal

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by Stephanie Pertuiset LAUSANNE, Jan 17, 2013 (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday asked disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong to return the Olympic bronze medal from the time-trial event at the 2000 Games in Sydney. The IOC had written to Armstrong late Wednesday to ask him hand back the medal, IOC spokesman Mark Adams told AFP. The … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Wins Olympic Gold In London Olympic Road Race

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LONDON, July 28, 2012 - Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan claimed an unexpected but deserved win in the men's Olympic road race Saturday, wrecking Mark Cavendish's hopes of delivering a first gold of the Games for the hosts. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran won the silver with Norway's Alexander Kristoff taking the bronze after 249.5 km of racing which finished in the shadow of Buckingham … [Read more...]

British Medal Hopes Right On Track Says Brailsford

by Justin Davis LONDON, Feb 21, 2012 (AFP) - British track bosses believe they can still lead the way at London 2012 despite new rules and the steady comeback of rivals who are determined not to suffer another Olympic nightmare. Britain's track success in Beijing four years ago when they won seven of the 10 golds left their rivals' dreams in tatters. However changes to the … [Read more...]

Olympic Official Defends Spain After Contador Ban

MADRID, Feb 8, 2012 (AFP) - The head of Spain's Olympic committee stepped up to defend Spanish sport Wednesday in the wake of two-time Tour de France champion cyclist Alberto Contador's two-year ban for doping. The committee president Alejandro Blanco defended Spanish sport against its detractors, including a French satirical television show that lampooned Spain's sporting hero's in a … [Read more...]

U.S. Olympic Committee teams with the Topps Company to produce Team USA trading cards

Collection will feature athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee today announced the Topps Company as the exclusive trading card producer of Team USA for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Through the terms of the agreement, Topps will release its first Team USA offering in the spring of 2012 in … [Read more...]

Five Americans ready to toe the line for the Olympic Road Race Test Event

Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 11, 2011) – Five American riders are set to contest the Olympic Road Race Test event in London on August 14. The event, termed the London-Surrey Cycle Classic, will follow the proposed Olympic road race route, however completing only two laps of the Box Hill circuit versus the nine proposed for next summer’s Olympic Games. Riders from 28 countries, including … [Read more...]

Oldest Olympic Champion Pavesi Dies At 100 years

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BUENOS AIRES, Aug 3, 2011 (AFP) - Italy's former Olympic cycling champion Attilio Pavesi has died aged 100 in a retirement home in Buenos Aires, his family announced on Wednesday. Born on October 10, 1910, Pavesi was the oldest surviving Olympic champion having won gold medals in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, in the individual road race as well as the team road race. The 11th child in a … [Read more...]

Hamilton Returns His Doping Tainted Olympic Gold Medal

LOS ANGELES, California, May 20, 2011 (AFP) - Tyler Hamilton, who has accused seven-time former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of doping, on Friday handed back his 2004 Olympic Games gold medal, the US anti-doping agency (USADA) said. "As stated by the IOC, I can confirm that Tyler Hamilton has given his gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games to USADA and that we will … [Read more...]