Lance Armstrong Stripped of Olympic Bronze Medal

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the wake of his doping scandal.

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A letter sent to the disgraced cyclist Wednesday, just 24 hours before the interview in which Lance Armstrong admits doping airs on OWN, asks for it back.

The IOC did so after the 41-year-old legend failed to appeal a decision by the International Cycling Union stripping him of his seven Tour de France titles.

Cycling's governing body, citing a wide-ranging report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Administration, disqualified all of Armstrong's results dating back to 1998.

Armstrong was given 21 days to appeal; he did not, but did not offer an admission of guilt - until this week's sit-down with O - saying he simply wouldn't appeal.

"We were waiting for confirmation from the UCI that he hadn't appealed against his disqualification," an IOC spokesman said of its decision to reclaim the medal.

The first installment of an extensive interview Armstrong gave Oprah Winfrey earlier this week is set to air tonight only on OWN. You don't want to miss it.

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