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Lance Armstrong tweets that he's returned Olympic bronze medal

By Greg Botelho, CNN
updated 7:15 AM EDT, Fri September 13, 2013
Oprah Winfrey speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview on the controversy surrounding his cycling career on Monday, January 14, in Austin, Texas. Oprah Winfrey's exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Lance Armstrong, "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive," has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The interview airs Thursday, January 17, and Friday, January 18. Oprah Winfrey speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview on the controversy surrounding his cycling career on Monday, January 14, in Austin, Texas. Oprah Winfrey's exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Lance Armstrong, "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive," has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The interview airs Thursday, January 17, and Friday, January 18.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: U.S. Olympic Committee has Armstrong's medal, its spokesman confirms
  • Lance Armstrong won 7 Tour de France titles, 1 Olympic medal in his career
  • He strongly denied using performance enhancing drugs until this year
  • The IOC asked for his bronze medal back the same day his Oprah interview aired

(CNN) -- Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong tweeted Thursday that he's handed over the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Summer Games, adding that it should be at International Olympic Committee headquarters in Switzerland "asap."

Earlier this year, the committee stripped Armstrong of the medal he won in Sydney and asked him to return it.

Armstrong -- after years of heated denials -- in January admitted to doping throughout his storied career, which included seven Tour de France wins.

An image of the 2000 Bronze medal  An image of the 2000 Bronze medal
An image of the 2000 Bronze medalAn image of the 2000 Bronze medal

Armstrong's tweet Thursday included a photo of the medal and said "the 2000 bronze is back in possession" of U.S. Olympic officials.

Mark Higgins, a key member of Armstrong's camp, did not elaborate on how or why the medal was turned over, beyond saying it was given to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

A spokesman for that committee, Patrick Sandusky, confirmed that it has the bronze medal it asked for and added, "The USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC."

The Texas-born Armstrong was a rising star when he was diagnosed in 1996 with testicular cancer at the age of 25.

After getting treatment, he returned better than ever -- reeling off his consecutive string of Tour de France victories between 1999 and 2005. Armstrong left the sport after his last win, only to come back four years later and place third in cycling's most prestigious race.

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His historic rise came at a time when cycling, generally, was mired in repeated doping scandals. Armstrong himself was not immune to such accusations, but each time he fired back at his critics and vehemently insisted he'd been clean.

Yet the tide began to turn against Armstrong in June 2012, when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it had opened proceedings against him and five of his former teammates.

The agency, which is designated by Congress as the country's official anti-doping organization for Olympic sports, announced two months later that it was stripping Armstrong of his Tour de France titles and barring him from future competitions for life.

Armstrong remained defiant until sitting down with Oprah Winfrey last January. Calling himself "deeply flawed," Armstrong admitted that he'd used an array of performance enhancing drugs and took blood transfusions to excel in the highly competitive, scandal-ridden world of professional cycling.

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"This is too late, it's too late for probably most people. And that's my fault," he said. "(This was) one big lie, that I repeated a lot of times."

The IOC asked for Armstrong's Olympic medal back the same day the first part of the Winfrey interview aired.

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CNN's Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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